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“See the Founding Documents”

The National Archives Museum
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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
Avon, Ohio
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“See the Founding Documents”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

The outside architecture of the National Archives is wonderful and one should stop by and see the Founding Documents (the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution and the Bill of Rights) as admission is free. The kids, 12 and 14 years old, enjoyed locating the signatures of their favorite Founding Fathers. However, the other exhibits did not hold much interest for us and with everything else to see in DC, we decided not to spend the time on these.

Visited June 2012
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Average museum”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

There are just three interesting things to see at this museum. The declaration of independence, the constitution, and La Carta Magna. There is not much to see after seeing this. This museum as all other national museums in Washington is free.

Visited December 2012
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Dumfries
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“Good for older kids”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

If you ever went to the Archives 30 years ago you used to be able to walk right up the stairs, into the rotunda and see the Magna Carta, Constitution and Declaration. Now, you enter through a lower level side door and go through security. In the summertime it might be a little bit of a wait. People are let in a few at a time.

It's a little confusing when you first get in there, but soon you settle in to a great exhibit of secondary documents and get a good sense of the overall mission of the Archives. Many presidential letters and interesting documents are displayed and interpreted. This exhibit continues for a great while before you loop around and enter the main rotunda exhibit, where you are given a lecture from a docent prior to entering the area where the Declaration, Constitution and Magna Carta are kept - the grande finale.

Throughout the exhibit there is a lot of material and interpretation to read, you shouldn't be in a hurry. You should allocate 2-3 hours to do this properly.

Visited May 2012
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Clarkston, Michigan
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“Must see for Americans”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

Simply amazing, on display is the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Every American must see and understand these documents built our great country. Viewing the documents is emotional. It’s so cool to see the signatures of George Washington and John Adams. If you’re in the DC area make sure you stop here.

Visited December 2012
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Greensburg, PA
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“A must see”
Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

Go stright the Rotunda to see the founding documents. Amazing! Go in the morning when they open to avoid the crowds.

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