Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom

Inside the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom

The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom is 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 Declaration announced to the world on July 4, 1776, that thirteen British colonies in North America were leaving Great Britain to form a separate nation, called the United States of America. In justifying the revolution, the Declaration asserted a universal truth about human rights.
  • The Constitution, drafted in 1787 after a hard-won victory in the War for Independence, codified the spirit of the Revolution into an ingenious practical scheme of government to promote the welfare of all its citizens.
  • The Bill of Rights, added to the Constitution in 1791 as the first ten amendments, explicitly protected freedom of speech, of the press, of religion, and of assembly, among many other rights.

Online Resources

The Charters of Freedom

Find images and more information about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom.

Online Exhibit Hall

Discover and explore current and past National Archives exhibitions in our Online Exhibits.

Traveling Exhibits

Learn more about our traveling exhibitions.

Faulkner Murals

Learn more about the two large murals, The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States, which adorn the walls of the Rotunda.

Sign the Declaration

Add your name to the Declaration of Independence alongside the Founders’.