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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 #28 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of... more » Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.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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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We visited the National Archives in the morning around 10 am. The Magna Carta was on the first floor. It was faint and difficult to read, if at all. We went straight to the room with the Declaraion of Independence, Constitution, and BIll of Rights. It is up a set of stairs, but there is an elevator available to get... More

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San Jose, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Hand-written letters, signed documents - the value of a signature and the staying power of a hand penned letter/note. Be sure to see this exhibit before it leave in January, 2015. Truly something everyone in your family will find fascinating. Warning! non-readers will be bored into whining so don't take them. Everyone will thank you.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta; there was so much to see! It made my day to know that I had finally laid my eyes on the real Declaration of Independence. Don't work yourself up too much though, a lot of the stuff is too faded... More

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Maryland
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96 reviews 96 reviews
4 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is the first place to go when sightseeing in DC. All of the founding documents are found here, but more than dry history there are fascinating stories behind the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Archives also has rotating exhibits that are well worth checking out. Keep in mind that the... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

You enter under the front steps to go thru security you eventually work your way up to the main room. The crowds are huge but manageable there are a lot more interesting exhibits to be seen in this museum that are quite good

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Charleston,SC
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106 reviews 106 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Just wander around. All of a sudden, you will say, "Hey guys, look at this", as you find another hidden gem here. Try it.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

a great place to check out. go and see all of the original US important documents and much more. would highly recommend.

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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is where you can see the documents that founded our nation. It is free but there is a security check and the line to get in will get long after lunch. We went right before noon on a Sunday and got in quickly. It is difficult to see the major docs like the Declaration of Independence because everyone wants... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is free but plan on making this a first stop as the line starts forming early. They do have the ability to make reservation but available for a fee (worth it if you are in a hurry).

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Olympia, Washington, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Go see some of America's great treasures. Make an appointment in advance to avoid having to wait in line; see their web site.

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