Ok, the entrance to the Archives completely diminishes the attraction, entering around the sides of the stairs through a hallway from a side door! Waiting time was about 25 minutes until we went through security. Once past security, we found ourselves in a hallway with absolutely no direction on where to go. After wandering around, we found the O'Brien gallery. This is a collection of uninteresting pictures of pollution around the Nation collected in the seventies. Completely uninteresting and we wondered what the heck this collection was doing here. Next we found the "Public Vault." This was a little more interesting. It gave an overview of what kinds of things were kept in the archives, but really nothing to sink your teeth into. Again, no direction on where to go. The introduction movie by discovery channel was not operating this day and no one was around to tell us why or what we were missing. We finally made it up to the main floor and the rotunda where the declaration of Independance, bill of rights and the Constitution are. This area was very cool and we enjoyed it a lot. All the documents here are worth the visit, but forget the other two parts. I felt like I missed something due to the lack of things to do here. I recommend seeing the rotunda, and then leaving. This place needs some work to make it enriching and worth the time.
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