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The U.S. National Archives

Address: 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20408 (Federal Triangle)
Phone Number: 202 357 5000
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Type: History museums, Libraries, Museums, Traveler Resources
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the...
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Type: History museums, Libraries, Museums, Traveler Resources
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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Olympia, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Weather was cold outside, but the same inside. Absolutely no lines- walked straight into the Rotunda.

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Portland
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I was excite to visit and didn't have the long wait that most do. I was impressed with the rotunda space but the primary documents were hard to see because of the dim. protective light. Altogether a little under whelming. I didn't enjoy the Magna Carta exhibit and some of the side exhibits. Less than one hour for sure.

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NYC
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138 reviews 138 reviews
11 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My husband wanted to go see this..he's kind of a history buff and wanted to see the original Constitution and copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Ricghts and the Gettysburg Address. It was kind of dark where the documents were on display, for preservaton purposes, and many of them were in bad shape. But there were other... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a must-do on the DC trip list because here you can see the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. There are other interesting parts of the Archives but those three are definitely the highlight. Make sure to reserve your passes online before going. We were able to skip a very... More 

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Gaithersburg, MD
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The National Archives in Washington D.C. has a lot more to it than the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. It houses many of the nations records and they are available for people to see. Well worth the time. Be sure to take a guided tour. There is a lot you can miss if you are just looking around.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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116 reviews 116 reviews
19 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Cool to see the Bill of Rights and DOI, but after waiting in line to see them, suddenly there is "no lines" and people from the new lines coming in bum rush these two documents and make you want to punch people in the face. Museum needs a better plan for rude people.

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Madisonville, Louisiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is across the street and just a block or so down from the Natural History smithsonian! We went here while waiting for our IMAX to begin, and gosh are we glad we did. The Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and other important documents are housed here. There was a small crowd, but the guards keep everyone moving... More 

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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25 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

MUST SEE! This is a great attraction in the DC area that everyone just has to see. Seeing the US documents preserved and on display like this is just fascinating and everybody interested should really visit this building. Again, fantastic architecture and features, and very cool things to see. Only takes about an hour, but still well worth your time... More 

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Corona, California
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25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Place is awesome. The original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights documents are in this building. You are able to see the founding documents of the United States of America. Entry is free. Must see for anyone visiting Washington D.C. Close to the Mall and Smithsonian.

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Oswego, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I cant stress enough the honor it was to see the documents that were the foundation of America. Sure you can see them online, but to actually see them is magical. That combined with the other exhibits and breath taking architecture / art... make this a must see.

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