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“National Treasure”

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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Most people might think why bother going to check out some frail, faded documents but when you see them in person you can't help but think about the founding fathers all standing around it discussing the future of the US...it's very cool. They've renovated since I came here 20 years ago as a little kid...dimmer lighting which is much better for the documents.

They used to be stored in an underground vault, but now when you go what you see IS the vault. The guard told me if the building ever was destroyed, these document cases would be the only things left standing. Security entrance required a standard bag x-ray and walk through a metal detector.

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Although very crowded when we attended, we were able to catch glimpses of all the important documents stored in the archive. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Bill of Rights from the gift shop so you can keep it in your pocket and show to anyone trying to infringe on your rights.

1  Thank Doug B
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Visiting the National Archives was towards the bottom of our DC visit list. We thought - we might go if we have time. Thankfully, we had the time and made ourselves go. Now, I'm embarrassed that it wasn't at the top of our list. If, for nothing else, go see the old documents: Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They are humbling and awe-inspiring. There is a cool interactive station in the gift shop where you can enter your last name and it will tell you a bit about your origins and where people with your last name live and their life-expectancy.

2  Thank berttaylorhanson
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Place where are the original historical documents about the formation of the country, which are very well kept and maintained on the specific conditions of humidity and light. Security tight! worth seeing!

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

The lines are long. The security is tight. The documents are faded and kept in extremely low light. However, having said all of that, this is the location of the actual documents that created our government and our country. The concepts placed onto these pages had not been written down in such a manner prior to this. So, even through all of the problems and grips, it is worth every second of it to see the founding documents.

Thank Chris D
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