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The National Archives Museum

700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20408-0001
+1 202-357-5000
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Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20408-0001
Federal Triangle
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Reviewed yesterday

The documents on display in the archives are extremely old and fragile. In order to protect them, the lights are kept very, very low. Even with good vision, you may have difficulty reading them. However, It is a wonderful experience to see the Declaration of...More

Thank BeFitWithDD
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The history before we went in was fun and interesting, delivered in such an entertaining way. I loved the gift shop as well!!

Thank Cahlan
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you have never seen the Constitution, or a genuine copy of the Declaration of Independence, this is the place to go. Well displayed documents, easy to view, and shows you what they did way back in history to make this country what it is...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

It's truly amazing to see the original documents written and signed by the founders of our country. That being said, the lines in the afternoon were very, very long. After you get though the line, there are about 200-300 people in the viewing area, 3...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was good for our family to see the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as well as many other important documents.

Thank Lisa W
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Aside from being able to see the manga carta, DOI, BOR and Constitution this place had by far the best gift shop in all of dc so save your souvenirs $ for here!!!

Thank Chris_and_Krissy
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I didn't have a prebooked ticket so it all began with a Sunday morning queue, a good 30 min or something wait just to get in. Okay, my fault but still, that's a bit of a wait no matter what. And then there seems to...More

Thank mark f
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My two younger children (6&9) wanted to see the Declaration of Independence but the line was too long at 11am. We went back at 2pm and there was no line. We walked right in. We got a little turned around looking for the vaults and...More

Thank Jay G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see (there are so many!). We tried to get reserved tickets, but none were available. We went 30-45 minutes before opening. There was already a line, but it was short. Most of the people with a reserved time went in about 15 minutes...More

Thank Amanda S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of those things you just have to do when you go to DC. You will only spend about thirty minutes here, so you can squeeze it in any day during your trip. Be forewarned: you can not take pictures of anything!

Thank Rachel M
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Hayley1607
30 October 2017|
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Response from KMSPSS | Reviewed this property |
It depends on how much history you want to explore. We had to minimize our time so we spent approximately two hours but we could have easily spent the whole day there since it was all so fascinating. We asked one of the... More
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kanchana311
25 May 2017|
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Response from Shelley B | Reviewed this property |
I would go to their website and purchase a timed entry ticket (I think it was only $2 a ticket) and print it out/carry it with you. Our timed entry tickets definitely saved us time in March, and it would definitely be more... More
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LeverettGirl
10 April 2017|
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Response from DLG6395 | Reviewed this property |
I went on a rainy Monday in January. There were no lines or waiting. If you go on a sunny day, go early and start at top at the Constitution and work your way to the bottom. That way you will do it the opposite way of... More
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