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“Had to do it but hard to see”

The National Archives Museum
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Ranked #28 of 442 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Had to do it but hard to see”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

Didn't reserve a booking but the line was fairly short (10 minute wait to get into the building) then it was 15 minutes before you could view the documents in a very dingy light - not conductive to reading the very faded documents that had extremely fine print. The instructions of NOT seeing the documents in an order was ignored by most and those of us who did flit from one document to another were given evil eyes by those who did the circuit shuffle.
For a non- American it was interesting to see but I didn't need to try and read all in the dark. The paintings and the explanations around the ceiling were a more of a highlight.

Visited October 2013
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Pearl City, Hawaii
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“So Dark”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Could barely make out the Constitution document. Once again, its the history of our country there in front of you that makes it real.

Visited November 2012
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Dakota Dunes, SD
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“Get Reservations Ahead of Time”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

To visit the National Archives, preplan your visit by securing reservations online. In doing so, you will avoid the lengthy lines that can develop on certain visiting dates and times. This allows you to reserve a specific date and time, and arriving 20 minutes early, you are ushered right in. Visiting the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence are essential during any trip to Washington, but don't overlook the 70's photography exhibit taking place either this year. It is a must see for anyone growing up or living during the 70's!

Visited June 2013
Thank Stephanie B
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Kailua Kona, HI
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“Must see”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

The US Constitution and Bill of Rights along with the Declaration of Independence are a must see in visiting DC.

Visited September 2013
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Ship Channel Key-Bahamas
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“National Archives - A Lot of History”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

Being able to see the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta all in the same building is incredible. Even if you're not a history buff. Definitely a don't miss when you are in DC.

Visited August 2013
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