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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 #32 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of... more » Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.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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Chicago
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The National Archives is one of my favorite destinations in DC. They have added descriptive and highly interactive exhibits including a huge touch screen table that allows for individual exploration of themes and events. The touch screen also allows the user to tag photos or documents with descriptors ("shocking", "touching", "funny") and share those impressions with other users. It was... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

As a Brit I found this a fascinating place to visit but the visit would have not have worked for us without being on a tour as the tour guide really pulled together the story of Independence and the detail held in the archives. The visit is free of charge as is the tour but I suggest booking online (small... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Interesting place to visit. Cafe is not brilliant or welcoming but gift shop is very good. Took 90 mins for queue to move 200 yards - in the pouring rain! If you pay $1.50 and book your slot you get priority entrance over everyone else who may well have been standing for over an hour! Better communication with visitors needed.

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bethesda, md
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Amazing to see these documents...great information above the cases that hold the documents. Wonderful gift shop as well.

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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41 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We have been to DC many times and this was our 1st trip to this museum - a definite must see. It sent chills to view our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration. There are also many other documents from other famous folks that are absolutley worth seeing. Tip - book in advance if possible to avoid the wait.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We drove by a couple of times during the day and there were long lines in front of the building. We didn't take the hint on the timed tickets. We ended up getting there 45 minutes before close but we knew we were just going to view the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. They have... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I loved spending time in the area that housed the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. The paintings on the wall were wonderful to see as well. There are also other documents in the archives along with an interactive smart board. This place is a must see when in DC.

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Sacramento CA
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The best thing to do to see the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence is to go online and get morning timed tickets as soon as you know you are going to Washington DC - that way you do not have to stand in the awful line. Every citizen should see these documents.

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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

It still boggles my mind. The majesty and mystery that is the Documents on display in the rotunda raises the hair on the back of my neck even now, a week later. The movie National Treasure aside, these documents are a World Heritage as surely as the Magna Cartas, the defining document for law and the ideal of the equality... More

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Saint Petersburg, Pennsylvania
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Thus was a long wait but worth it. Was saw the Declaration of Independence, Magna Carta, and the Bill of Rights. Even found a relative in a painting above the Bill of Rights. Now how cool is that.

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