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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 #31 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of... more » Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.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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Tampa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I loved reading the letters. These missives to presidents (usually) from famous personages (Hepburn, Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Hitchcock) indicated a lot about their political persuasion and/or character.

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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I had been to the archives as a kid on a visit, and thought it'd be a decent place to see on our first visit with our 2nd and 4th grade kids. The reviews were good, so we added it to our five day trip agenda. It was better than I expected. Line in took 20-30 mins. Once in, we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I would highly recommend reserving a timed ticket. We had no wait at all. Security guards throughout the archives were extremely friendly to us and our 1 year old except for the one in the rotunda. He was pretty unpleasant and had a very thick accent that was hard to understand until he would raise his voice which only added... More

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Wilson, North Carolina
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118 reviews 118 reviews
37 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The Charters of Freedom - Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights are housed in this temple-like building on the Mall (same architect as the Jefferson Memorial). Go to Recreation.gov and get timed entry tix ($1.50 each) to skip the line. Metro stop (Natl Archives) is 100 yds away. Get there early and go across Constitution Av and sit... More

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Irmo, South Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I always enjoy visiting the Archives. My last few visits to DC the line was so long we opted out of this museum, but recently we were able to visit during the Cherry Blossom Festival. There was a line to get in, but it wasn't too bad, especially since the weather was so nice! I always enjoy seeing our country's... More

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Chicago
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The National Archives is one of my favorite destinations in DC. They have added descriptive and highly interactive exhibits including a huge touch screen table that allows for individual exploration of themes and events. The touch screen also allows the user to tag photos or documents with descriptors ("shocking", "touching", "funny") and share those impressions with other users. It was... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

As a Brit I found this a fascinating place to visit but the visit would have not have worked for us without being on a tour as the tour guide really pulled together the story of Independence and the detail held in the archives. The visit is free of charge as is the tour but I suggest booking online (small... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Interesting place to visit. Cafe is not brilliant or welcoming but gift shop is very good. Took 90 mins for queue to move 200 yards - in the pouring rain! If you pay $1.50 and book your slot you get priority entrance over everyone else who may well have been standing for over an hour! Better communication with visitors needed.

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bethesda, md
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Amazing to see these documents...great information above the cases that hold the documents. Wonderful gift shop as well.

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have been to DC many times and this was our 1st trip to this museum - a definite must see. It sent chills to view our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration. There are also many other documents from other famous folks that are absolutley worth seeing. Tip - book in advance if possible to avoid the wait.

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