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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Description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United...
Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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This exhibit uses archival documents and artifacts to tell the evolution of the government's alcohol policy over time, and illustrate the variety of Americans' views about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This exhibit uses archival documents and artifacts to tell the evolution of the government's alcohol policy over time, and illustrate the variety of Americans' views about alcohol. It brings together nearly 100 original items drawn from the billions of government records at the National Archives, including a 1792 note from George Washington to his A.G. giving his opinion that those... More 

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Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Went to find out some facts about my family, you need some information to help you review before going. If you want to see an original document you need to expect to go through some security hoops. Go after you've done your research or you will be wasting your time.

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Gatineau, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

The room were the US Constitution is very powerfull, lighting very low with armed gards on eitheir side, Nice building a must in ashi

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Highlight! Great collection of founding documents: US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: the Magna Carta! A fundamental document which pre-dates the history of America but sadly (and not surprisingly) not many visitors took the time to view it.

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Chesterfield, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Other than the Declaration of Independence, there isn't much to see here. But that's a big "other" so it is a must see. It won't take long to visit, could be out in less than an hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We had arranged a timed visit entry through our state senator which turned out to be a very wise decision as many people were waiting in the blistering heat to be let in to see the Charters of Freedom. It was awe-inspiring to see the well preserved documents that made our nation what it is today. This is a must-see... More 

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I stumbled across recommendations on Trip Advisor to book ahead of time with recreation.gov a docent lead tour. There was a very nominal fee to do this, something in the $2.00 per person. I booked the 9:45 am tour, which is the only way to do this as far as I would recommend, and this is why. You get into... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We secured timed entry passes for the archives long before our trip and thank goodness we did. It saved us a lot of time waiting in the general admission line in the heat. Once we were inside it was only about a 20min. wait till we were in the rotunda. It's strange to think we were looking at the very... More 

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Mbabane, Swaziland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I was a bit skeptical about whether visiting the archives would be enjoyable, but I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Many of the exhibitions are very hands on. They make great use of technology to give you the opportunity to learn about your own particular interests. The wide variety of items used to build the exhibition... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

What a treat to be able to read a piece of history! The atmosphere was average yet clean, but the exhibits were very neat. So much history and information that is great for families with older children.

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Additional Information about The U.S. National Archives

Address: Address: 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20408
Phone Number: 202 357 5000
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Federal Triangle
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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