National Archives Museum Tour in American Sign Language (ASL)

Hello and welcome to the National Archives Museum. I’d like to share with you a few of our resources
available for our Deaf and Hard of Hearing visitors. First, let’s do a quick virtual tour of
the museum space. Once you go through security on the ground level,
you will find the David M. Rubinstein Gallery, which houses Records of Rights,
a permanent exhibition featuring a 1297 Magna Carta, original and facsimile documents, and
an innovative 17-foot interactive table. Come and explore how Americans throughout
our history have debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity. Also, on ground level is the MyArchives store
which offers quality gifts and publications based on the holdings of the National Archives. Proceeds support the exhibitions
and educational programs. The majority of the exhibits are found
on the upper level. Here you will find the Rotunda, the permanent home
of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights. These three documents, known collectively
as the Charters of Freedom, have secured the rights of the American people for more
than two and a quarter centuries. The National Archives Museum’s “Featured Document”
exhibit is housed in the East Wing of the Rotunda. Don’t leave this space without discovering
which new original record is being highlighted. In the permanent Public Vaults exhibit,
you can experience the feeling of going “into the stacks” of the National Archives. You will encounter fascinating originals or
facsimiles of documents, photographs, maps, drawings, film and audio clips, allowing you to see the raw materials of our American democracy. Make sure to visit the Lawrence F. O’Brien
Gallery to view special exhibitions and explore a topic or theme through
records of the National Archives. Get “hands-on” with records, learn about American
history through fun games, and investigate online resources including
in the ReSource Room. The National Archives offers ASL-interpreted
tours of all these spaces with seven business days advanced notice. These tours last approximately one hour
and are free to the public. In addition, Interpretypes® are available to
assist with communication between Deaf or Hard of Hearing visitors and hearing staff. Please contact Visitor Services to use one. There are always special events and public
programs happening at the museum. You can see the upcoming schedule on
our online event calendar. If you can’t make it to the museum for a public
program, our YouTube channel contains numerous closed-captioned recordings of public events. You can find more information online at or email us at [email protected] The National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C. is pleased to share our holdings and exhibits
with the public and we look forward to your visit! [music playing]

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