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The U.S. National Archives

700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20408 (Federal Triangle)
202 357 5000
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Ranked #28 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Libraries, Museums, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the...
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Type: Libraries, Museums, History Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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Perth, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

As another person said, this is special for history buffs, though even for those with a less comprehensive knowledge of US history will get something out of the key exhibits in the Museum. Well suited for a US history double date with the American History Museum.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Our nation's historic documents are beautifully displayed in a solemn and impressive setting in the rotunda. All the displays are impressive, but the Constitution is my favorite. Don't miss it.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Even if you're not a total history buff, it's really cool to go and see the documents that the US are pretty much defined by and built on. The Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are all there for you to see and the guards next to them are very knowledgable and seemed happy to answer... More 

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Baroda, Michigan
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11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Off all of the things to do and see in Washington DC, there is nothing like being in the presence of some of the greatest documents in American, and arguably, world history. 'To be able to see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution in its entirety, and the Bill of Rights in one place will create a sense of awe.... More 

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Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Seeing pieces of American history such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights was amazing for any history buff.

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Cheshire, Connecticut
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

If only to see the oldest documents in this nation's history, it is worth the visit. Do not be intimidated by the line to see the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Roghts and Constitution, it goes by very quickly.

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

It is humbling to browse our country's most important documents that are housed within the archives. When you look at the documents and realize the history behind them it is truly mind blowing. There is always something to learn here and take a glimpse at our country's foundations.

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Philadelphia suburb
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

There were so many awesome things to see. It was just incredible to stand in front of the Magna Carta and the first flag that flew over Fort Sumptner. As a woman, I especially enjoyed the exhibition for First Ladies. There were so many amazing documents that were from so many years ago, back to the 1700's that were vital... More 

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Oahu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is by far the most important place for every citizen to visit. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are on display in the rotunda. The other exhibits are fascinating as well. Go see YOUR archives!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I had the good fortune to have a dinner event at the National Archives Museum and marveled at the expansion of this wonderful museum. I had not been for several years. The Rotunda has the items we all want to see and show our children: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, etc. carefully preserved (which in... More 

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