The National Archives Museum

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The National Archives Museum

The National Archives Museum
4.5
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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.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 area
Address
700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20408-0001
Neighborhood: Federal Triangle
How to get there
  • Archives • 3 min walk
  • Federal Triangle • 6 min walk
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BostonMomof3
Braintree, MA11 contributions
Very moving for the whole family
Aug 2021
We visited as a family of 5 (three young children). We had timed tickets for 10:15am and the security guard let us enter a bit early. The metal detector is very sensitive: I have a hip replacement and this is the only one I set off in all of DC. Just a friendly warning to my fellow hippies! All the staff members were super friendly and engaging with the kids. We loved getting to see the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, it was very moving. A couple of other exhibits were open that we had thought were closed due to Covid so that was a pleasant surprise. This is a must-see museum in DC!
Written August 24, 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,469 contributions
The original documents - really interesting
Aug 2021
I visited the National Archives in August 2021. I bought my timed-entry ticket online and they let me go in a little earlier. I passed through very strict security. I took an elevator to The Vault under The Rotunda and viewed the original documents of the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The original documents are faded but I could still see John Hancock's signature on the Declaration of Independence. Besides the original documents, there were exhibits and additional information such as how each document made its way to the National Archives. The gift and book shop is very nice. It was not too crowded so I was able to take my time and view the documents at my own pace. Photography is not allowed in the National Archives.
Written August 20, 2021
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Tori
Stanford, CA48 contributions
cool exhibits
Aug 2021
this is definitely a must do for first time visitors! very cool to see the Declaration of Independence, bill of rights, constitution, and Magna Carta in person. The staff here is very friendly and the layout of the museum is great. my only slight complaints are that the exhibits are kinda boring, and the online ticket reservation system is a pain
Written August 18, 2021
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Sandy B
11 contributions
Goosebumps
Jul 2021
Absolutely chilling experience to get to see the Declaration and other documents in person. Fantastic to see them. After reading the security comment from another reviewer, I will say that we had a fantastic experience compared to the other museums we visited. We were one of the first groups of the day, so I don’t know if that made a difference, but all the employees were very pleasant.
Written July 16, 2021
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andye70
Rainbow City, AL70 contributions
Very cool place to see
Jun 2020
This is another one of my favorite spots in DC to visit. It is simply amazing to see the Dec of Ind and the Constitution. It will take an hour or so to go through.
Written May 10, 2021
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Cory
Illinois96 contributions
good visit at the time
Jun 2019 • Friends
There was a security line when I visited in 2013, and no the employees were not real friendly, but didn’t bother me. Any American interested in our history will want to take the time to see the founding documents. There could be a time that they deteriorate to the point that they have to be totally enclosed in darkness or a different sort of case, then you will wish you had seen them if that unfortunate day comes. Suck it up and go!
Written May 18, 2020
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EGRap
Missouri City, TX956 contributions
Have you ever wondered where the bad TSA agents go when no one else wants them..
Feb 2020
This is the worst managed museum in Washington DC. It feels like a TSA shakedown as soon as you enter the building... you get in a line and get screened by the most unwelcoming group you'll meet in the District of Columbia...

There are many other reviews of this museum who politely say the staff is not very friendly or helpful. Let's call it like it is - This museum is a perfect example of why this incompetent management team and staff should be outsourced to private enterprise who could hire people who treat visitors with respect and courtesy.

If your time is limited, there are many other really good museums in DC to visit where you will leave and say, "wow, I learned a lot, appreciated what I saw and had fun while doing it"... The National Archives Museum is NOT that place

Once you get through the abrasive TSA screening process you will be herded through until they get you out.. no one is willing to engage in a conversation to answer questions or share some potentially interesting US history with you and no one will even make you feel welcome to be there ... the management and most staff at this museum should be replaced immediately...

They do not allow pictures because it may allow others to see just horrible the museum is managed and even if it is free you will wish you had the time you wasted with these people back... At least with TSA you get to get on an airplane and go somewhere new or different... this is like having TSA at your home... you just can't get rid of them quick enough.
Written April 2, 2020
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Mike J
20 contributions
It's a bit dark
Jul 2019
The National Archives holds the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and US Constitution in one rather darkened room to protect the documents from fading - apparently one A Lincoln had them displayed in front of windows for 30 years so they have faded somewhat already. The guards do not take kindly to any light so don't even put your mobile phone on or they'll almost literally jump on you.
There is a queue to get in as numbers in the room with the documents are limited and the expected airport style security though the guards range from very jolly and friendly to downright miserable.
It's very interesting to be so close to these historical documents. There is also an exhibition about the archives and what they do etc.
Written March 8, 2020
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Zach84Jake62
New York City, NY303 contributions
Always a thrill whether it's your first or tenth visit!
Mar 2020
Had an extra hour on a Friday afternoon and felt a need to see our nation's most important documents and was moved once again. Logistically they have it all down. Afterwards went to visit some of the exhibits which were wonderful. Highly recommend.
Written March 3, 2020
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Pia S
katy150 contributions
Interesting but not well organized
Feb 2020
We went here in February when the crowds are small and it was still very hard to get to see anything. There really were no direction any where, and the staff weren't very friendly. You are not allowed to take any pictures at all, that may seems obviously but then you can take pictures in all the other museums in town. They keep telling you that you can't stand in line to see the displays but they don't do anything to move people ahead so you have to try to move in to see the display and then people get mad and think you are jumping the line. They should do like they do in England with the crown jewels they have narrow line and keep it moving so every one can get a change to see the displays. Also there really aren't anyone to answer any questions.Its interesting but with all the security you have to go through to get in I'm not sure if I would go again.
Written March 2, 2020
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