Updated: February 12, 2020
Schedule National Archives Museum in 2020
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 and families are unsure who to contact to schedule the Rotunda for their upcoming 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. Well I'm here to help!
To reserve your desired date, email email@example.com and/or call (202) 357-5164. If you are considering securing this location for your ceremony, I highly recommend contacting the staff as soon as possible. This venue fills ups rather quickly. The last time I checked the venue books up six to nine months out. As of October 2019, the venue was book thru July 2020.
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 professional photographer that regularly photographs 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. I would be honored to photograph your military ceremony and would love to earn your business. Call me at (571) 250-5073 or send me a message about photographing your ceremony.
To view National Archives Museum military events I’ve photographed, please see: https://www.tamiekasmithphotography.com/blog/category/national-archives-museum.
As stated previously, The National Archives Museum is a coveted location to have military ceremonies and because of the proximity to many military installations in the DMV, the museum receives a lot of requests. 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 July 2020…yes, the year 2020. Therefore, it’s highly recommended contacting 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 email 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 or the National Capital Region is impacted 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 reduced the days available to hold military ceremonies to only Monday and Fridays from every weekday mornings.
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Were you unable to secure the National Archives for your military ceremony and need an alternative location? Here is a list of possible locations.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.