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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 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of... more » Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.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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Smithfield, Utah
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Take some time to read about the documents prior to going in. Understanding what they are helps them to mean so much more. It is amazing to see the documents up close with the signatures still visible and the writing which is so detailed and artistic. The room containing the documents is amazing with its artwork and design. If you... More

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North Platte, Nebraska
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The National Archives was a interesting visit and an absolute necessity for anyone who enjoys history. The displays of the key documents in founding our nation were on display, which we expected, but there were many other items there as well that we did not expect but enjoyed immensely. The murals on the walls in the chamber with the documents... More

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Sevenoaks
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Let's face it, if you come here there are plenty of things to see but none more inspiring and thought provoking as the big 3! The Declaration of Independence, Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They are literally the documents that spawned America as we know it. So they're faded and barely legible, who cares! It's what they stand for.... More

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Bakersfield, California, United States
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16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We found out after the fact that you can make a $1 per person reservation and skip the line. All of the government buildings require a security check so the regular lines can be very slow going depending on the buildings popularity on that particular day. So although the attraction is free paying a $1 to jump ahead is worth... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Apart from the obvious ...declaration of independence. The building is beautiful and well worth a look. Had to queue for a short time but it was worth it. Nice cafe in the basement area

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Lagos, Nigeria
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34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It is open on all days, except national holidays, between 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Admission is free. This is the place where one can get to see ORIGINAL Magna Carta drafted in 1297 AD, Declaration of Independence, American Constitution amongst other historical documents. Due to ageing, the documents are mostly illegible, but the fact that you are seeing the... More

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We visited the National Archives in the morning around 10 am. The Magna Carta was on the first floor. It was faint and difficult to read, if at all. We went straight to the room with the Declaraion of Independence, Constitution, and BIll of Rights. It is up a set of stairs, but there is an elevator available to get... More

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San Jose, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Hand-written letters, signed documents - the value of a signature and the staying power of a hand penned letter/note. Be sure to see this exhibit before it leave in January, 2015. Truly something everyone in your family will find fascinating. Warning! non-readers will be bored into whining so don't take them. Everyone will thank you.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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30 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta; there was so much to see! It made my day to know that I had finally laid my eyes on the real Declaration of Independence. Don't work yourself up too much though, a lot of the stuff is too faded... More

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Maryland
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is the first place to go when sightseeing in DC. All of the founding documents are found here, but more than dry history there are fascinating stories behind the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Archives also has rotating exhibits that are well worth checking out. Keep in mind that the... More

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