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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Description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United...
Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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The archives will only take an hour to view and is a great stop. Along with the importance of seeing the Declaration and other documents, they have other exhibits on news... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Saratoga,CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

The archives will only take an hour to view and is a great stop. Along with the importance of seeing the Declaration and other documents, they have other exhibits on news, document preservation and more. I think the magna carta was on display when I was there which was extra cool. Overall, definitely a must see and it doesn't take... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

You just can't put a price on seeing the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and Bill of Rights documents. My family and I are so glad we visited. The room they are in is dark and cool for preservation purposes. The documents are very faded at this point, but they were amazing to see. The museum also had some kids... More 

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The Constitution and Declaration of Independence are great documents whose importance to US history cannot be overstated. But you already knew that. So skip the long lines of people waiting to see them in the poorly-lit rotunda and focus instead on the Public Vaults and special exhibits, which give eye-opening and often amazing glimpses into our history -- endlessly fascinating... More 

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Genoa, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The only thing that we had intentions of seeing was the Declaration of Independence (which was almost unreadable), the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. We saw them and several displays discussing their history, and it was definitely worth the stop! I am sure that there is more to see here, but we saw what we meant to and travelled... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A lot of the documents are just copies, not real. But the rotunda where the Declaration and the Constitution is, that's really the only thing that impressed me. You could easily spend 2 hours here, but it's not necessary. There's A LOT more impressive things in DC to see!

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is where we stopped before our meal at the Pentagon City Mall as there was no line that late afternoon. Typically the line is wrapped around the Archives outside and might take up to one hour to get in. We got lucky that day due to the rain that there was no line and we walked straight in. Remember... More 

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Matawan, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It's definitely a must see, especially if your American. Unfortunately the declaration is fading and soon you won't be able to see it at all. The inside where the declaration, constitution,and bill of rights are on display is a work of art in itself. There also is some amazing documents on display in the museum part. A must see!!

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I am fairly new to US but I have always wanted to visit this place for 2 reasons - Seeing the declaration of independence from close and 2nd which inspired the first one is "National Treasure". So been there and seen the great document of freedom. Found it very inspiring and loved the way its being kept here. Even the... More 

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Ross on Wye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Was so glad that I went here, although I was unable to read much of the writing on the old documents - already too faded - there is an information plaque alongside each document so you understand its relevance and just seeing the 'real thing' is fascinating. Magna carta, bill of rights, declaration of independence, the constitution, all here, but... More 

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Gloucester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Boy do they have security down as far a documents. Glad to see it. Found everyone to be very helpful.

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