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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: Libraries, History Museums, Traveler Resources, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the...
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Type: Libraries, History Museums, Traveler Resources, Museums
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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

pretty cool to see old documents like constitution declaration of independence and magna carta. there were some other things to coin the building but we were in a rush so just ran in saw those documents and left. if you have the time only takes a few minutes so worth the time.

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Greensburg, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I might have enjoyed my visit to the National Archives more, if only we weren't rushed. The day that we went, it was SO BUSY. We only were allowed (as a tour group) about an hour in the archives, which didn't allow much time since the wait outside was 30 minutes. I'd probably go back, but on a less busy... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Another incredible free thing to do in DC ... I couldn't believe you can just go in a look at the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and The Constitution. Washington is one of the most Tourist-Friendly cities I have ever visited. Everything is completely accessible and affordable, or FREE! This is an incredible building, take the time to have... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The lines were long, people were rude and pushy, and your legs ached by the time you left, but I firmly believe every American should go see the Declaration of Independence. I enjoy history, but wouldn't call myself a history buff. However, it kind of gave me chills to see the actual Declaration. If you do visit, just be sure... More 

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Nyack, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

makes a trip to DC worth it. Just go early as they line for these classics can get long. They also have some great exhibits, but some are more for adults.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We made a quick stop at the U.S. National Archives in the late afternoon during a recent trip to Washington DC and enjoyed seeing the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution, which are on open display here. After clearing security at the National Archives you enter the floor where you see the original documents and sort of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Declaration of Independence, Constitution & Bill of Rights are all here. There is no tour & little historical information. You are pretty much just looking at the documents preserved under glass. But it is moving to see the original documents & although the writing has faded, the significance has not.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Even as a non- American, to see the actual Declaration of Independence was quite astounding. There was quite a wait in a lengthy queue. There were other displays too but we were on a tight schedule and it was close to closing time so we had to forgo them. There was however quite a good souvenir/gift shop.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I'm not much of a history buff but it was interesting to see some of the original documents signed by our forefathers. It's free so go ahead and visit. My sister in law loved it, and was gushing every time she saw an original document. The Magna Carta is there too!

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Vina del Mar, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you are suffering because of the summer or winter weather this is a good choice to go somewhere warm and enjoy a lot of interesting things! I went because I love law and history and here you can find a lot of documents of the united states and the history of the country, in fact, here is where you... More 

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