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The U.S. National Archives

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Address: 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20408
Phone Number: 202 357 5000
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Description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United...
Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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The Declaration of Independece is on display here.

The Declaration is on display as well as other exhibits from different periods of our history. The Declaration always has a line, guards keep you moving along, you'll have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The Declaration is on display as well as other exhibits from different periods of our history. The Declaration always has a line, guards keep you moving along, you'll have limited time to view it. Be likeNic Cage, buy a copy in the giftshop.

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Norwich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

If you like History this is the place for you. There are many documents to view, besides the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Magna Carta and the Emancipation Proclamation are just a few of the amazing documents.

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Hartly, Delaware, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

You get to see some of the most important pieces of paper in our country's history! It's incredible!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I sat in line and waited 45 minutes to go in. The line did not move and then I learned about the online ticketing. If you want to see this, get an online reservation and don't wait in line. It's hot outside standing next to the concrete building.

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Graham, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This place every American should go see. Getting to see all the things that has made our country so great is an amazing site. I'm glad my kids were able to see with their own eye things that most people just read about. The folks that screen you when you walk in are a PAIN! I think they are just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

the cornerstone documents that define America as she is inteneded to be are here, along with sculptures,paintings, ,tomes.The domed painting ,the rotunda, the Charters of Freedoms, are really inspiring. i suggest going early to avoid lines or late in the day.

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I was in awe of the history I was surrounded with. There was not much of a wait to get in. So much of our nations history in one building. The guards in the rotunda are very knowledgeable. Even if you are not from this country you will enjoy all the history. Plan on spending a couple of hours and... More 

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Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We spent very little time in this museum though I know we could have spent a lot more. We were in a hurry but wanted to make sure our family saw the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We had a short wait to get in but it was well worth it.

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Calera, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This FREE exhibit was very educational. My family and I had a chance to view the Constitution, Declaration of Independent and more! Great experience for adults and kids in school. Not sure how much fun it would be for kids 6 and younger. I would list it as a must see on your trip to Washington, D.C.

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Nova Gorica, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The rotunda where the Declaration of Independence is, is a lot darker that expected (as seen on TV) and there is a no-photo anywhere policy. If you're lucky, you can have the whole place pretty much to yourself, if you're not, there will be a bunch of kids hanging all over the glass cases, reading out loud.

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Additional Information about The U.S. National Archives

Address: 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20408
Phone Number: 202 357 5000
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Federal Triangle
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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