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The National Archives Museum

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Address: 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20408-0001
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Repository where the most important historical documents of the United...

Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.

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Its all about the paper!!

To see the documents that made the United States of America what it is something everyone should do. The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The Magna Carta etc etc. Just seeing it... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

To see the documents that made the United States of America what it is something everyone should do. The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The Magna Carta etc etc. Just seeing it in front of you is awesome!! Its best to set-up an advanced appointment on line and pay the $1.50 charge to hold you a place and get a... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I enjoyed this museum very much. I am 48, and have always had a penchant for old documents. However, my children, ages 8 and 9 when we visited, were not as impressed with the content in this museum as I was. I had put off visiting this place for 5 years, because I knew the children would not be interested... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our family loved over the years going to the National Archives and I also return when visiting Washington DC. Go during the week, when less crowded. It is very special and worth any line you may wait on to see the most popular documents.

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Far Hills, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After 3 trips to DC I was finally able to see of founding documents. I recommend you per-purchase tickets. Was shocked to see how faded the documents are.

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Point Pleasant, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

just seeing these hand written documents in front of you is very cool.the Declaration of independence,theConstitution, the Bill of rights,etc a must see for all ages.

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Valparaiso, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you arrive late, that is opportunity to interact with staff. They know interesting stuff, when crowd is light.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Seeing the documents that made the United States of America is something everyone should do. It was very special to see the cornerstone of our country. Go and set-up an advanced appointment on line and pay the $1.50 charge to hold you a place and get a time to go in. This will save you a lot of time in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a terrific visit with my 9 and 12 year olds. They were super interested and it was easy to see everything we wanted!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was my favorite site in DC. We took our kids here as a homeschool field trip and the exhibits here are absolutely perfect for that purpose. Everything is very accessible and easily understandable. The highlight, of course, is the upstairs gallery containing the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. There is also a very interesting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The National Archives are definitely a must-see, although it wasn't the greatest place I've ever been, but perhaps that, as a DMV native, I've been to D.C. quite a few times as a kid/teen. Admission is free, and there's actually a lot more to it than the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, etc. They had an (I think) temporary... More 

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