National Archives Museum, Washington DC

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The Declaration of the Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and 1297 Magna Carta confirmed by Edward I are all housed at National Archives Museum. These documents, among other important historical documents regarding the U.S. government, are on display in the archives' main chamber, called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. Here, you will also find the Louisiana Purchase Treaty and Emancipation Proclamation. Due to popularity, you should expect to stand in (often long) lines to view each of the most important documents exhibited here. Arrange to visit National Archives Museum and other attractions in Washington DC using our Washington DC tour planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    How can you miss this museum and be in America?? Archives has so much more in the basement beyond the Constitution and Bill of Rights upstairs. There is so much information available that a person cou...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Not only is it thrilling to see the actual founding documents, the exhibits on Rights, Amendments and fascinating topics in the "public vaults" were excellent. Outstanding research and visual presenta...  more »
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  • May 26, 2017
    I don't think the security at the museum has got the memo as they were going all rude and loud on visitors old and young alike. The experience reminded me of a particular prison movie series on TV which shouldn't come to mind when visiting an attraction. Maybe it's an American thing to treat tourists this way but we from the UK find it completely inappropriate and definitely rude. The archives were good but I have to admit that we didn't get over the initial experience till later on.
  • March 16, 2017
    I didn't originally plan on coming here but I'm glad I did. Seeing our Constitution in front of my eyes and seeing the pen marks from the men who formed our country was nothing short of awe inspiring. They don't allow you to take many photos simply due to the fragility of the documents.
  • January 10, 2017
    Advertise a learning space but it closed. Only a small portion of things on display. A lot of reading. Need more interactive displays. This past visit there wasn't a line.
  • February 12, 2017
    The most important historical documents of the United States. There is a lot to see there besides for the declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • February 24, 2017
    Go see the museum for yourself. In addition to other great things, it has the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights, collectively known as the Charters of Freedom, on display.

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