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“Declaration of Independence”

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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
Bangkok, Thailand
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“Declaration of Independence”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

The building fills with many historical documents, including the three famous one. It's exciting to stand closely to them. But the ink in these paper is very faint and hardly readable. By the way the documents still have their importance.
I'm not an American, so I didn't feel much touching with these documents. However, for foreigner, it's worth to be in the building and look at the documents once in a life time.
P.S. The Archive store is full of so many lovely notebook that I could not resist and bought a few of them.

Visited September 2013
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“US History Behind A Pane of Glass”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

It's insane to think how close you can be to such historical documents that sculpted America. The Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence plus the Magna Carta. The Rotunda is a beautiful room as well. Please do not take photos or chew gum. You will be asked to leave.

Visited August 2013
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“Very interesting glimpse of history”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

A great collection of historical documents, recordings and photos from all phases of U.S. history. A must for history buffs! Archival items are presented within context of the time and place so you get a clear understanding of the highlighted event and its significance. Topics covered include Civil Rights, Immigration, genealogy, military history and more. Presidential history is covered, including a more light-hearted view, with samples of children's letters to the president and clips of humorous presidential speeches.

Visited September 2013
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Portsmouth, Virginia
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“Whether you're an American or not . . .”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

. . . this is one of the most important places one should visit at least once in their lifetime. To be in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom is indescribable. The awe and pride are palpable as you enter this majestic room where our rights as Americans have been preserved. If you have never felt equal any place else, whether you're from this country or not, you will definitely feel like you are all in it together here. While staring at the Constitution of the a United States, I stood beside someone who I could not understand what she was saying but could honestly feel what she was feeling. The Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence are also house here but as I understand it, they won't be forever due to previous light damage. So if you're anyway near, go visit these extreme pieces of history before its too late.

Visited April 2013
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“More than the Declaration of Independence”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Bill of Rights, the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence are the main attractions but there is much more to see. From historic footage of presidential addresses to the nation during critical times to transcripts of communication about Russia's shooting and capture of American aircraft, there are captivating stories that places you back in time.

The museum is across the street from the metro on the green and yellow lines. When you exit the metro the building is across Pennsylvania Ave. The entrance is on the Constitution Ave side (opposite side of the building). They will not let anyone in 30mins before closing so keep that in mind. If you are limited on time go directly to the Rotunda because that is where the main documents are located. Best to allow at least 1.5hrs if you want to take your time and visit the Public Vaults where you will find Abraham Lincoln's telegrams.

We visited Labor day around 4pm and there was no line. It is great that we can view all of these for free.

The only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars is because you have to go through security to get in and they don't give you warning whey they close...they just say it is time to leave and everything is turned off.

Visited September 2013
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