Archives station

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

Navy Memorial – Penn Quarter
rapid transit station
Archives station
Location701 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20004
Owned byWMATA
Platforms1 island platform
Connections Metrobus: 16C, 30N, 30S, 32, 34, 36, 37, 39, 70, 74, 79, A9, P6
MTA Maryland Commuter Bus: 610, 640, 650, 705, 810, 820, 830, 840
OmniRide Commuter
Structure typeUnderground
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeF02
OpenedApril 30, 1983 (April 30, 1983)
Previous namesArchives–Navy Memorial (1983-2004)
Archives–Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter (2004-2011)[1]
Passengers (2017)8,628 daily [2] 3.29%
Preceding station Washington Metro Following station
L'Enfant Plaza Green Line Gallery Place–Chinatown
toward Greenbelt
L'Enfant Plaza
toward Huntington
Yellow Line


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. Its opening coincided with the completion of 3.3 miles (5.3 km) of rail south of Gallery Place to L'Enfant Plaza and across a bridge over the Potomac River to the Pentagon station.[3]

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.[4] 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

Station layout

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


  1. "Three Metro stations get new names" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. January 22, 2004. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. May 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  3. "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 2, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  4. "Station names updated for new map" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. November 3, 2011. Retrieved February 11, 2018.

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