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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Description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United...
Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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We had reservations for the National Archives and it was worth it! The line without reservations was half a mile long! The security there rivaled the While House as our most... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had reservations for the National Archives and it was worth it! The line without reservations was half a mile long! The security there rivaled the While House as our most treasured documents are there under heavy security! We had children 6 and 8 years old with our family. we were all enthralled and amazed just being in the presence... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Hard to believe the original Constitution is right there on the National Mall for all to see - and you must see it along with the Declaration of Independence. If only the folks just up the way in the Capitol and the White House would make the trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The Archives weren't initially on our list of places to visit while in DC, but we were right near it while walking along the mall and decided to take a look. The line was huge but we were inside within 20 minutes and looking at the big three in another 10. There were school children everywhere, being Spring break, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

On a sightseeing trip to DC with my son last summer, we'd made plans to tour the usual suspects (the Mall, Smithsonian, Congress, White House, Spy Museum, the Monuments, Arlington, etc.) but somehow I missed adding the National Archives to our itinerary. However, we were walking around behind the Mall one afternoon for some reason, and decided to cross the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Certainly seeing the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights was terrific. Truly a unique opportunity. Additionally they have the Magna Carta there right now. No waiting time for that and its the document that led to these otheres. Its beautifully written and may be the most important foreign document for the United States. The exhibit currently also shows... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Loved getting so close to such important and historical documents. Truly a wonderful experience. Expect crowds but doesn't take away from the thrill.

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Keswick, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

A very long lineup to see the Declaration of Independence while we were there, only to find out that no photos are allowed inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Seeing the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights was a brilliant experience. Again you have to be prepared for queues and searches but it's worth it for the end result.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We arrived late in the day and the line was shorter...there can be a considerable wait. It's just amazing to actually view the original founding documents of the United States, encased in helium vaults.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

It was totally worth signing up for the early tour (one a day). Being in that smaller group, gives you access to the Rotunda before the crowds and you can see THE Declaration of Independence up close, as well as the Bill of Rights and the Articles of Confederation. There are faded. They're OLD! See them while they can be... More 

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