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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 #27 of 232 Attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Libraries, Museums, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is great to see a lot of recent history and see lwtters and things to the president. Would have been fun to have spent more time reading the displays and seeeing what presidents and others thought. The declaration of indepence and other things in the rotunda were great to see but more just saying you saw it. Not sure... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We got there about 15minutes before the museum opened which was really a good idea. Based on the queues set up there usually is quite the long line. Get there early and you can see everything in 1-2hours.

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McClure, Ohio, United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We visited on a Sunday. It wasn't too crowded. The kids could not believe that a paper that old was being viewed. The security guards in the room with the documents were very nice and answered any questions the kids had. It was a nice experience.

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The archives are famous for the declaration of independence and constitution. Sitting there in the impressive rotunda, those two sites are definitely worth a visit. However, they do a good job of creating a number of rotating, fascinating side exhibits which are definitely worth checking out. With all that said, you can still see most things of interest in less... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We visited around 4pm and it took us 20 minutes to get inside. Once inside, we were able to take our time and get a good look around even though they closed around 5:30. We saw the big 3, (Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence), but we also saw the Emancipation Proclamation- which was as equally powerful. I loved... More

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Los Altos, California
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is THE place to visit if you care to see the founding documents of our nation. The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and The Constitution right there before your eyes. This is in the top three of place to visit when in Washington, DC.

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Timberville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The history in this place is breathtaking. All the documents in this place..Is spectacular.. Love the whole time I was in there..

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Firenze
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Such a great honor had the possibility to see that great documents. A really amazing experience. I suggest everyone to go, and remember...it'is all free!!!! :)

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I love visiting the National Archives and seeing the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. On my most recent visit I explored a bit beyond the rotunda and found that they have a lot to offer related to documentation of US history.. There is a line for the documents in the rotunda, and the Declaration of... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We were here 3 hours and still there was more to see. We went about 10:15 AM and there was a short wait, but they do have time entry that you reserve on the web and no one used that service. The history of the US beginning with the inspiration behind the Constitution, the Magna Carta of 1297. The Rotunda... More

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