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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 #29 of 252 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of... more » Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Be aware that you need to get there early to stand in line, but also make sure you're there on a day it's open! They are closed on National holidays and weekends. It is definitely worth the trip, though!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

After reading the title all i need to type is ' need i say more......" We have been to DC numerous times and never visited the National Archives but i would recommend if you go to town make this one of your trips . You need to allow a couple of hours to see everything and either get there early... More

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columbia sc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

Just the Rotunda with the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and Constitution is worth the trip, but it has so much more. The bottom floor has creative exhibits using artifacts from the archives to give information. The way that the exhibits are displayed really make 'stuffy papers' interesting. The exhibits are not only informational but awe-inspiring.

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Detroit, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I know I may be of a differnt opinion, but I did not find this place real exciting. I understand the exhibits in the upper floors are supposed to explain all the great documents the National Archives hold, but I already knew all that and it was kind of boring to me. We then went to the special hall that... More

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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

When we eventually found the entrance (it's tucked away to the side of the big steps at the front) we found another DC Museum packed with information. It is (as seems to be standard here) brilliantly designed and packed with information. The Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and US Constitution were displayed really well and humbling to see. Take... More

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Southeast Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We stopped at the Archives early Saturday morning in August. Acutally got street parking on Constitution Ave! The Archives was great- seeing the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights- OMG. Grandma is originally from Poland and she was amazed. These documents are wonderful to view- wow. I wish I had about 2 months to stay in... More

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

it is so miving to see the constitution. Since it is so old, inks are very weak and hard to read but it is worth to go to see.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Declaration, Bill of Rights, Magna Carta all are housed here and available to see. Better hurry though. They estimate only 3 more years to see actual documents. They are light damaged and fading fast. So sad that they can't be totally saved.

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Windham, Connecticut
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We recently visited the archived while in dc. It is wonderful to see the original documents and have access to the stories behind them. The tour is free which was great!

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Kansas City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

See the Star-Spangled Banner. It's huge and has much history. Also important to see...the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. If your kids have seen the "National Treasure" movies, it will make it even more fun for them. Copies of the documents are available for purchase in the gift shop. :) Lots of cool stuff to... More

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