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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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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United...
Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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Viewing our nation's history--so amazing

I traveled to the Archives with my daughters, ages 11 and 8. They found it to be an amazing place to visit. Getting a chance to see the real Declaration of Independence, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Our main reason for visiting the Archives was to view the Magna Carta. There were no lineups for that it was great to see this document. The long lines were for the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights in the beautiful Rotunda. We also enjoyed the exhibits they had on Civil Rights and the unexpected history of alcohol in... More 

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Corning
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I traveled to the Archives with my daughters, ages 11 and 8. They found it to be an amazing place to visit. Getting a chance to see the real Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Magna Carta really brought our country's history alive. They each spent the rest of the day asking lots of questions about the... More 

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Coloma, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Security was rude, even after being in DC our second day, an elderly gentlemen in my party had gone through numerous security points but at the archives they kept yelling at him "what is in your pocket? He had forgotten to take out a very small pocket knife, they immediately seized it and through it over the x-ray machine not... More 

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Donna, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

wonderful place to visit. a lot of information. it has the original documents. very well lighted area. very well guarded place. inside and out. got to see the declaration of independence. would love to go back someday.

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Richlands, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

great place to see very old documents that are important to this country and any US citizen. My favorite was the Declaration of Independence of course and the Magna Carta. Amazing place.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

See the originals of the Declaration of Independance, the Constitution and the Bill of Ritghts. Good exhibitions about the archives.

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

During our recent visit to DC - this was by far the best experience. Seeing the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of the U.S. was a must for me. Stepping into the Rotunda in the dim light was a humbling experience to view these valuable documents of our country. Before your Visit Tip - purchase a... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Go very early morning to escape queue at the door. When viewing the Constitution, people don't follow the queue so feel free to skip the line in quieter periods.

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Syracuse, New York, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This was a MUST See stop!!! To see our nation's history is unreal! When you go in there is no photography at all and there is also no line but a natural line sort of forms around the room just from people wanting to see the documents in order. The one thing I will tell you that I was not... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Great museum to visit, with original documents of constitution and helpful staff. Be prepared for long queues - first to get in and then to see the original documents. Best to book in advance if possible

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