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The National Archives Museum

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Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20408-0001
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Reviewed yesterday

Great place to visit! Very interesting architecture and history. Well worth the walk down from the mall area.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NeverHilton
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had limited time (so much to see and do in Washington DC !), so we asked a security guide "what to see if you only had one hour" and he pointed us to the lift, which took us straight up to the Rotunda for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DirkW107
Reviewed 6 days ago

The National Archives Museum is a truly amazing structure full of history. It looks so massive with the many colums and numbers of stairs. The treasures inside are even more impressive.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EasternCanada
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my 2nd time at the National Archives. The lines were extra long with spring break groups visiting D.C. It's an important stop to see historical documents and learn new things.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank runinCO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My son is 10, and this was his favorite museum. We saw the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TothTravellers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recommend you spend several hours in this museum. Get there early and relish the time with our nation's founding documents and historical displays. On our visit the staff was super insightful and helpful in highlighting points of interest or little facts that were not written...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Kurt_Mich75
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The original Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, all located in a rotunda with a church/temple-like setting. Quiet, no cellphones, no photos. The rest of the public places in the archives house letters from various historical figures, and one of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank ParkerSturbridge
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited The National Archives Museum on a rainy Saturday. There was a short line outside and I was thankful they provided umbrella bags. They do a quick security check and then you're in. There was no line at the Rotunda where the founding documents...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Mallorie E
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

many original documents from our founding as a nation. and historical documents of several major events in our history.it would take a minimum of 6 hrs to cover the basics. note high security all over dc xray and metal detectors the archives seamed to be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank retirednold
Reviewed December 11, 2018

We LOVED the archives. So awesome to get to view the actual Declaration of Independence and Constitution first hand! Tons of other really interesting exhibits and history as well & also some interactive pieces! Would love to spend more time there. Try to schedule a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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November 17, 2018|
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Response from CaptTrouble | Reviewed this property |
We were in D.C. last December and remarked on how easy it was to get into museums. Just not a high time for people to be there, so much else to do. (We were there the first week of December.)
October 30, 2017|
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Response from KMSPSS | Reviewed this property |
It depends on how much history you want to explore. We had to minimize our time so we spent approximately two hours but we could have easily spent the whole day there since it was all so fascinating. We asked one of the... More
May 25, 2017|
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Response from Shelley B | Reviewed this property |
I would go to their website and purchase a timed entry ticket (I think it was only $2 a ticket) and print it out/carry it with you. Our timed entry tickets definitely saved us time in March, and it would definitely be more... More
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Need some help with our schedule (10 Replies)
What do you think of this schedule? There will be 5 of us..mom and dad, 14, 11 and 8 year old kids. We are from westcoast so wimps in the heat.The schedule below is tenative..days can be switched around. Any days have too much? Ideas of good family/budget places to eat? As well..I think I remember reading some places you can get tickets before hand from somewhere (not the ones for the White House etc as we have already requested those)for some of the places. Advice is appreciated- thanks. ...More
July 01, 2008|
Response fromtubman|
Overall, I don't see any days incredibly overpacked with activity. Mount Vernon is not necessarily an all-day activity, but it will be tiring for your group in hot weather. The only real issues I see are convincing the security guards to open up the Supreme Court on a Saturday or the Archives on a Sunday just for you. Swap these out for another day with some of the museums, which are open 7 days a week. Your Sunday would probably be overpacked anyway if Archives were included. My other...More
metro question (2 Replies)
which metro goes from dupont circle to the National Archives museum ??
April 16, 2018|
Response fromvjb1968|
See response 1 of your other thread https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g28970…
Mark C
Feedback Please - Itinerary 8/5 - 8/10 (2 Replies)
Family of five with 3 boys, 21, 18 and 15. Six Days in DC. Staying near Dupont Circle. First time. Six days. Building itinerary around ticketed events. Planning two events a day, one in the morning, one in the afternoon/evening. Given the time of year, we figured we will be physically and emotionally drained with two main activities a day. Sunday, 8/5 National Museum of American History and Culture US Holocaust Memorial Museum Monday, 8/6 Arlington National Cemetery (Guided tour...More
July 27, 2018|
Response fromlonghorn74|
1. Sunday -- Do you have your tickets for the Holocaust Museum? They are required from March - August. I see plenty of tickets still available for that afternoon, so I recommend you book them now if you haven't already done so. 2. Monday -- Arlington National Cemetery tour: The cemetery is quite hilly, so the tour is especially useful if you have anyone in your group with mobility issues. I also find it good because the tour takes you to parts of the cemetery that would take a long time to...More