The National Archives Museum in Washington D.C. is the home of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights and it is one of the prized locations for military members and their families to have a promotion, reenlistment, retirement, or commissioning ceremony. However, many military members are unsure who to contact to schedule the Rotunda for their military ceremony. If you are in the Washington D.C., Maryland, or Northern Virginia (DMV), and would like to know who to contact, how many people can attend the ceremonies, and how far in advance to contact the museum, this is the blog for you.
Many members would like to schedule their military ceremony in the Rotunda of the National Archives but are unsure of who to contact to schedule and arrange the ceremony. One military spouse told me once, her husband desired to have his ceremony at this venue and they searched continuously to find out who they needed to contact but could not determine the right email or telephone number and when they did receive the right contact information, it was too late. To reserve your desired date, email email@example.com and/or call 202-357-5164. The ceremony is limited to no more than 20 people. Photography and video is also prohibited; except by a professional photographer with no flash or artificial light.
As a regular photographer at the National Archives, I am extremely familiar with the low light conditions in the Rotunda and how to capture significant memories you’ll be proud to share with your friends and family. To view National Archives Museum military events I’ve photographed, please see: https://www.tamiekasmithphotography.com/blog/category/national-archives-museum. I would be honored to photograph your ceremony. To inquire about my photographic service, don't hesitate to contact me at (571) 250-5073.
As stated previously, The National Archives Museum is a coveted location to have military ceremonies and because of the proximity to many military installations, the museum receives a lot of. Currently, the museum generally permits military ceremonies weekday morning (except holidays) prior to the opening to the public from 0800-0900. The doors open at 0750.
To secure the Rotunda, the staff at the National Archives requests that you contact them as soon as possible; as the dates are reserved rather quickly. Some dates have already been scheduled up to April 2019…yes, the year 2019. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to contact the Security Office as soon as possible.
Contacts at the National Archives Security Office:
To receive their direct contact email and telephone number, don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Note: Events will be cancelled if the building is closed or if there is a 2-hour delay opening resulting from changes in the Federal operating status in the National Capital Region due to weather or other events announced by the Office of Personnel Management. Federal operating status can be obtained at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/snow-dismissal-procedures/current-status/. **On October 1, 2018, The National Archives will reduce the days available to hold military ceremonies to only Monday and Fridays from every weekday mornings.
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