Archives (WMATA station)

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Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter
2008 07 05 - Washington DC - Archives, Navy Memorial, Penn Quarter 16.jpg
Archives station
Station statistics
Address 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20004
Line(s) Green Line Green Line
Yellow Line Yellow Line
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 16X, 30N, 30S, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 54, 70, 74, 79, P6, A9, A42, A46 , A48, V8
Bus transport MTA Maryland Commuter Bus 901
Bus transport OmniRide Commuter
Structure type Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened April 30, 1983
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code F02
Owned by WMATA
Formerly Archives–Navy Memorial (1983-2004)
Archives–Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter (2004-2011)[1]
Passengers (2011) 3.547 million[2] Increase 1.3%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Green Line
toward Greenbelt
toward Huntington
Yellow Line
toward Fort Totten

Archives is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C. on the Green and Yellow Lines.


The station is located in Northwest Washington at 7th Street between Pennsylvania and Indiana Avenues, and it is very close to Gallery Place station, so close that the lights of one station can be seen down the tunnel from the other. It takes its name from the nearby National Archives. Its subtitle is derived from the U.S. Navy Memorial and the Penn Quarter neighborhood in which the station is located. It is a popular stop for tourists, with easy access to the northern side of the National Mall. Service began on April 30, 1983.

Station entrance pylon


Until 2004, the station was known as Archives-Navy Memorial. At that time it was renamed Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter,[1] in recognition of the nearby Penn Quarter neighborhood. "Navy Memorial" and "Penn Quarter" were moved to a new subtitle, leaving "Archives" as the main name, on November 3, 2011.[3] New signage was installed accordingly in 2005, following the 2004 renaming, and in late-spring 2012, following the late-2011 second renaming.

There is a provision for a future second mezzanine at the south end of the station, with a knock-out panel visible on the station's south wall.

In 2004, the station was referenced in the Disney film National Treasure.

Notable places nearby[edit]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Southbound Green Line Green Line toward Branch Avenue (L'Enfant Plaza)
Yellow Line Yellow Line toward Huntington (L'Enfant Plaza)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound Green Line Green Line toward Greenbelt (Gallery Place)
Yellow Line Yellow Line toward Fort Totten (Gallery Place)


  1. ^ a b "Three Metro stations get new names" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2004-01-22. Archived from the original on 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  2. ^ Chinatown neighborhood profile WDCEP Retrieved 2012-05-16
  3. ^ "Station names updated for new map" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2011-11-03. Archived from the original on 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Archives (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°53′37″N 77°01′20″W / 38.893730°N 77.022218°W / 38.893730; -77.022218