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Review of The National Archives Museum

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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
Denver, Colorado
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“We/they don't get it!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

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.

Visited May 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

I love this place. If you can, watch National Treasure before going. I happened to see it on TV the night before we visited, so it was fun seeing how preposterous that movie is. The rotunda is cool, but always crowded. Lots of neat historical documents, pictures, and videos in the museum. If you are a Little House on the Prairie Fan, look for Pa Ingalls bill of sale for his homestead.

Visited May 2013
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Milton, Vermont
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214 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Historical Documents”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

It was neat to see some amazing historical documents up close such as the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, The US Constitution. Depending on when you go, the line up outside can be long and can wrap around the building. Everyone has to go through security with bags in the scanner, metal detector, and security wand. Once inside, you will find the place has darker lighting and cooler temperatures and this is for the preservation of the documents. Photography is not allowed in the rotunda where the documents are displayed.

Visited April 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
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37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The Real Deal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

Seeing the original Constitution and other original documents is great exciting & emotional. When you think our Forefathers did so much with so little so long ago. Rather amazing!

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Chillicothe, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Site Seeing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

We loved going through the national archives. There was so much history to be seen. The only thing that we disliked was that when we went to see the Declearation of Independance and also the constitution, there were children running all over the place and almost knocked down my husband several times as he is handicapped and walks with a cane to steady himself. There were a lot of tour groups who weren't telling their students to be respectful.

Visited April 2013
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