National Archives Prohibits Public Photography
Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington D.C. are the original documents that led to the creation of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, located at the National Archives. The National Archives and Records Administration will ban personal photography and filming in exhibit areas of the National Archives beginning February 24, 2010. This new rule was announced in the January 25, 2010 edition of the Federal Register.
NARA wants to protect these rare documents from the effects of photographic flash. It is also prohibiting personal filming in response to written visitor logs that demanded it be eliminated. This is in contrast to only three opposing comments from citizens received during the 60 day comment period after the initial announcement of the proposed rule.
In case you can't visit the National Archives before February 24th with your camera, you can always avoid the crowds and view founding documents online at the National Archive's website and learn more about them through their online exhibits.