The National Archives Museum, Washington DC

The Declaration of the Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and 1297 Magna Carta confirmed by Edward I are all housed at The 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 These documents, among other important historical documents regarding the U.S. government, are on display in the archives' main chamber, called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.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. To visit The National Archives Museum and other attractions in Washington DC, use our Washington DC online trip itinerary builder .
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  • We went to see the artifacts and especially the constitution. It was fantastic. As an added bonus there was a copy of the Gutenberg Bible on display. Sadly, but rightly, we couldn't take any pictures.  more »
  • Small museum. Strict security in the room where the Declaration of Independes, US Constitution and Bill of Rights are. Nothing special in the Museum besides this documents. Long line to enter due to s...  more »
  • Although I had been to the National Archives before, I wanted to visit again to see the Bill of Rights, Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. While these important documents are protected ...  more »
  • This is a neat stop if you want to see the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. However make sure to get timed entry tickets ahead of time. We did not do this and ended up waiting in line for about 30-40 minutes to get in and we got there right when it opened. When we were leaving the line was much much longer. There are a couple of interesting exhibits in here but really we only spent 30 min or so here after waiting more than that in line. The building is not nearly as impressive as some others. The staff was nice and answered some questions my son had. This is a neat thing to do if you've never done it but really isn't as cool as a lot of the other things to do in DC.
  • This is a great place to visit, they have a surprisingly well done Vietnam war display that is incredible. There is a letter from a mother to then president Johnson written the day after her and her husband buried their son that died in Vietnam I read twice over. Very emotional and also very important for everyone to see. The pointlessness of that horrible war can not be overstated, so many young men, sons, fathers, brothers who paid the intimate price. It also speaks to the importance of protesting. It's also really interesting to see the Declaration of Independence, and the bill of Rights. This visit rivals the more popular Smithsonian museums. A must see.
  • Amazing! So much history in one place ! Very well done! A must to see in Washington DC when you visit. The real copies of declaration of Independence and bill of right s unfortunately no photography is allowed!
  • Awe inspiring. Every American should visit this shrine to Freedom at least once in their lives. Staff was knowledgeable, and waiting in line for about 20 minutes was absolutely worth it to see the original copies of the Charters upon which this nation was founded. Perhaps one of the most underrated attractions in D.C.
  • Staff was very friendly. It's breathtaking to see the nation's documents and you immediately feel patriotic. Don't overlook this place to visit, it's worth a quick stroll in and out.

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