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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 253 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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of... more » Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

When we arrived at the US National Archives on 6 July 2014 the queue was almost half-way around the block and I thought we would stand there forever, but it moved quite quickly. The reason for the long queue was that all bags had to be searched and went through the scanners. It was a wonderful place to visit, it... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Probably the best museum I visited with respect to the displays of various historic documents since the Declaration of Independence, through to quirky items of White House correspondence, including one from a young boy asking President Reagan for Federal disaster assistance after the boy's mother declared his room a disaster area - Reagan's response was priceless! (You'll have to go... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This was a study in American history and even for an Anglophile it was interesting to see the original Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence etc. These documents are also, in some ways, a part of British history as well in events surrounding this time in American history. It wasn't too crowded and it didn't take long to see... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The home of the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. I was a bit taken aback by how faded the Declaration is, and I'm glad i got to see it while ours still on display. Also worth seeing is the signature room, with very interesting letters to government officials from the famous to the infamous. A place I would say... More

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Florida City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Take the time to appreciate these faded and worn papers. It really is a moving experience to see what founded our country. I've been to the Rotunda before but had never walked through the rest.There is a lot to see and learn on the other floors, don't miss it!

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Don't bring young children, because they just won't get it. Take them to a Smithsonian or play. We went to the cafeteria on the first level, and it was the most overpriced bad food I've ever had. It's poor atmosphere reminded me of a hospital café. The security guards were great-polite, friendly and funny. No photography. Long lines to see... More

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Kenton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It was unreal to be able to go and see the original Constitution, Bill of Rights and to see all the original signatures. You do have to wait in line to see them and they are hard to read but very neat!

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Conveniently located to the city metro train. Very organized and very helpful staff. Can use the facilties and computers free of charge. Lots of free classes during events. I enjoy the annual genealogy fair. Check out the help desk. Allow extra time on your first visit to do research. It takes time to register and takes time to pull records.

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Indianapolis, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I didn't actually go into the archives. I didn't have enough time, but there is an amazing spot with a fountain right in front of the building that was so pleasant after a long day of walking. To just enjoy the sun, the beauty of DC and winding the day down here was great.

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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This place is a must-see for anyone that cares about the history of USA. You can see upclose the original Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and many other documents that shaped this nation. It's really breathtaking.

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