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The National Archives Museum

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Address: 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20408
Phone Number: 202 357 5000
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Repository where the most important historical documents of the United...

Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.

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Helps to get there early.

We showed up 15 minutes before opening (9:45), and noticed two other people duck inside who had made a free tour appointment online. Wish we had done that--it gets you into the... read more

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San Francisco, California

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San Francisco, California
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95 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We showed up 15 minutes before opening (9:45), and noticed two other people duck inside who had made a free tour appointment online. Wish we had done that--it gets you into the Archives early. Still, we were the only ones there when the doors opened, and we hurried up to the Rotunda to get some long looks at the Declaration,... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Usually when you stop in on the weekend, the line wraps around the building outside. The wait is long, but it's so worth it to be standing in front of such important documents. People tend to get impatient though because you're really there to see only a few documents and everyone wants to read them. There are plenty of other... More 

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Thank Graigrmansfield
Parker, Colorado
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It says it closes at 5:30, but the doors close at 5. We walked along ways in the cold to find this out. We just wanted to quickly see the Declaration of Independence before we left the next day, but didn't get to because of this. We were there at 5:04. Entrance was not clear, so we walked around entire... More 

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Thank Brent S
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have lived in D.C. for 10 years and came here for the first time this past weekend. I was awed. There are an amazing display of history using documents. Yes it's amazing to see the Charters of Freedom but there is so much more. We participated in their sleepover program which was nothing but exceptional. Well organized, great activities... More 

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Curitiba, Brazil
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It`s were you find the main documents of American history. They are there to display! The building is a little confusing, but it`s worth fighting your way through lines and corridors!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love this place. I first went in 1983 then 1989, 1999, 2000, 2013, 2015. Over this span, it's interesting to see the perspective change from my early 20s withough kids...young married life, bringing my children and now into my 50s. I plan to return again and again!

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Architecture is beautiful, the displays are elaborate plus you get to see not only The Decleration of Independence and Bill of Rights, but The Constitution too! All originals of course. The very young at heart travelers should visit the interactive children's section after the rotunda, it's fun.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was one of my first stops when I was in town. This one has a little extra security but nothing too intrusive. Once you're inside, you can actually see and read our original founding documents. Reading an original copy of the Bill of Rights sent chills through me. There are a lot of other interesting artifacts on display here... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I visited the museum on a Sunday afternoon a few hours before closing. There was a short line to get through security. No admissions fee, which is great. Once entering the museum, there are several rooms and levels you can start at. The exhibits are visually pleasing and easy to follow. The room to see the Constitution,... More 

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Austin, Texas
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing place if you love US history. The original Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, The Constitution...they're all here to be viewed. Sadly, they are very hard to read as the years of being in regular lighting have faded the ink, but they are the real documents and a hushed feeling of reverence is palatable in... More 

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