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The U.S. National Archives

700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20408 (Capitol Hill)
202 357 5000
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Ranked #29 of 252 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Libraries, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of... more » Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta. « less
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Peterborough, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

A docent led guided tour was a great way to see the specific documents and learn more about their history and significance. Book online in advance to select a date and time to take a tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and was very interactive with our tour group. Even though we are not American Citizens, seeing the original... More

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Rancho cucamonga, CA
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35 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I really liked how this museum was set up. Lots of little rooms and interactive exhibits. The best part is that it is free! Of course big draw here are the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Very cool to see these documents. They don't allow pictures just FYI.

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Abilene, Texas, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Seeing the actual documents that launched this great nation is a wonderful memory I will always cherish with my children. An added bonus in the exhibit was seeing the letter officially admitting Missouri (my home state) into the US.

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Houston, Texas
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44 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Don't doubt it: the National Archives houses the original Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights! On top of that, the National Archives also have other important documents from the other eras, including the Emancipation Proclamation (Although this particular one isn't showcased everyday) This is where you will witness true historical documents that played vital roles in... More

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San Francisco
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Even though the visitor lines can be long, it was thrilling to be in the same room with America's founding documents. Every American should see the writings of our founding fathers. It will give you a new appreciation for what America stands for and an important reminder of the principles of freedom and democracy that we should hold dear.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Our family really enjoyed our trip to the National Archives. We have been to DC at least 5 or 6 times in the last 17 years. We've tried to pick places appropriate to our kids ages at the time of visit if possible. Visiting the National Archives was a great experience for our kids who are now ages 12-17. To... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Enter street level LEFT of steps. It was very unclear where to enter. Very nice movie in downstairs theater. Rotunda exhibit is crowded.

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New Berlin, WI
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79 reviews 79 reviews
32 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Get advance tickets and avoid the line. There is a slight fee to get them in advance. Book early. We loved this. The building, documents and statues were fantastic! One of the guards told us to go to the Declaration of Independence immediately. Was he ever right! By the time we left the line was very long! It is too... More

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Calcutta
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We visited the archives not knowing what to expect and really the history hit us - WHAM - standing there looking at the Declaration of Independence; The Constitution document; the Bill of Rights - all original is a little overwhelming to say the least and seeing first hand the dreams the builders had when they created this nation is really... More

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Wisconsin
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We reserved tickets ahead of time for a very small fee and were some of the first visitors on a Sunday morning; there were maybe 40 people in the rotunda with virtually no wait to see the star attractions--The Declaration of Independence, The US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The movie was not playing while we were there, which... More

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