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The National Archives Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.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 via mobile

The exhibits were really interesting in the Magna Carta room and the artefacts on display are worth seeing. The Declaration of Independence is so faded it’s almost impossible to read due to the way it was kept previously. The staff are very knowledgable so ask...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank chowso
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been to DC many times and had never thought about coming to the National Archives Museum, but while we were on tour on a hop on and hop off bus, the tour guide highly recommended that we must see this Museum and it...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Sandy P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum display the original most important documents for the funding of the USA. They are kept in a rotunda space were you can walk around and witness the documents, no photos allowed. There are two big paintings that display the persons involved in the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank mtangulo
Reviewed 1 week ago

After seeing "National Treasure" many years ago I thought this would be more of a wow, but no. There are inspiring words on faded paper in faded ink. Who is to say how early these copies were. Wished I had skipped this.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank tacitus27
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved seeing the actual documents that were used to shape our infant government. Although faded, they were impressive

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank vblasewitz
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here over Labor Day weekend as an educational trip for my daughter to teach he something more about our history that she cant experience from a book or in class. The quality of the exhibits and the building itself are incredible! Very glad...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Anony M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A cool visit to see the original documentation, I was surprised at how faded they were though. Once you enter the main room displaying the documents, there’s no queuing system, so be prepared to slot yourself in to get a look. Note, there’s no photography...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank meryll83
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, The Constitution - in their original documents. Founding testatement to the great nation. Certainly, worth a pious visit and understanding the perspective of the fore fathers. And there are actual Phone Logs in original voices of Presidents...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jitendra M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Traveling with our family (2 adults / 2 children under 12) late July. Our 11 year old found everything incredibly interesting but our 8 year old was a bit bored. Incredible place. We took the docent tour which we got online for less than $2...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank nickyzwick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

- You will feel a little “National Treasuresque” in here - About 30 minutes before closing, they close some areas early. So be sure to arrive about 1-2 hours prior to ensure you can view the documents. - There is a mural in the Bill...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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My questions are Are the staff (security guard /special police) of this place friendly to foreigners? Are foreigners not welcomed at this place? The reason I am asking these questions is because of the reviews here. I am planning a family trip to the National Archives Museum. We are from a foreign country where English is our second language. My family members and I read the reviews here. It seems foreigners were not treated well here. In one of the reviews, a foreigner did not violate any regulation, but one of the security guards threatened to toss this foreigner out of the museum. Another reviewer, we think he is a foreigner, or looks like a foreigner. The moment he entered the gift shop, a security guard yelled at him, "Do not touch anything if you not going to buy. If you not going to buy anything, you shouldn't be in here!" But he just got into the gift shop and did nothing, why all the yelling? In other reviews, similar to the previous two, security guard yelled at foreigners a lot. It seems that foreigners are presumed guilty of something. Should we skip this place? Or, if we decided to visit this place, what should we prepare? What should we do to please security guards here?
August 6, 2019|
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Response from PAYEMD | Reviewed this property |
I did not encounter anyone who was rude but I also am very respectful of the rules and as mentioned in others replies, these security people deal with thousands of people every day some of whom may be difficult. I would not... More
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I travel a great deal and it never ceases to amaze me how difficult tourists/visitors can be. My guess is that their demeanor is really needed to make sure that rules are followed. SO many people want to create their own... More
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Response from Ron G | Reviewed this property |
DO NOT TRY! Not worth the potential jail time.
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