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The U.S. National Archives

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Address: 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20408
Phone Number: 202 357 5000
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Description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United...
Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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I had visited DC several times.... even lived there briefly, but never visited the National Archives. Wow! The rotunda is gorgeous. The guards standing over the constitution... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Pace, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I had visited DC several times.... even lived there briefly, but never visited the National Archives. Wow! The rotunda is gorgeous. The guards standing over the constitution. The scrollwork with the lightest of lettering. Truly an exceptional experience.

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

*Take the Archives metro stop. This is also a free building to enter and see the documents on display. You can also get your tickets online. Be prepared for a line to enter the viewing area though. It is here you will see the 3 very important American documents: US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. They are... More 

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Thibodaux, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Its a must see in washington DC. It houses the original documents that started our nation. The line can be long but moves very quick.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Holy cow! So embarrassed with the state of the Declaration of Independence on display. I saw it 21 years ago and it didn't look like the document I just saw a few weeks ago. It is so faded now. You can't read anything. John Hancock's signature is probably the most legible on the page, but still so faded. I can't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I dragged the 5 and 8 year old to see the Rotunda, and while that fascinated the adults traveling with us, the children were mesmerized by the first floor exhibit space. The visual displays alternate levels, engaging the kids at their eye-level. In the middle of the exhibit, there is a large interactive touch-screen table. My older child read primary... More 

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sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Visited here on a tour, it's possible to see an actual copy of the "declaration of independence" & many other documents relating to the formation of USA. We are British but found it fascinating, so if your are American, it's a must

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A bucket list must see. The Bill of Rights, The Constitution, and The Declaration of Independence are the highlights but there is much more. Another free museum. The kids might shift from side to side but the adults will love it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Like most stuff in DC, during the week, there wasn't even a line. During the weekend it would likely be another story. It really is something you must see as an American. free but you can order tickets online and go in through the back entrance to avoid the line to get in. Then there's a line for the viewing... More 

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The Colony
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is the repository for America's most valued documents and, though many are very dimly lit (to preserve them), to be so close to the original words is awe inspiring....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We went first thing in a Saturday morning and the line was not that bad. The three main documents were a must see and we loved spending as much time as we wanted to try and read the words and find familiar signatures. A pleasant surprise was how many interesting documents and exhibits were included in the permanent collection. Our... More 

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