The 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 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 These documents, among other important historical documents regarding the U.S. government, are on display in the archives' main chamber, called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.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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  • The National Archives Museum houses three historical documents you have to see at least see once: US Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. NO PICTURES ALLOWED  more »
  • We decided to make the National Archives our second site stop of day one in DC. We got through in about 1 1/2 hours but should have taken a little longer to take in the enormous importance of the docu...  more »
  • Security guard at entrance was less than friendly. No sign but he got snippy when I walked through the security screener before he told me too! So every other museum we visited today, I wasn't about t...  more »
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  • One of the best places in US to find comparatively short history of United States of America.. visited in summer 2015.. it’s appears that US officials are using several security measures for the safety of this establishment. Sometimes it feels kind of weird and rude. The historical facts unveiled in this museum with utmost clarity and beauty.. however I hope to see US Declaration of Independence, but could only have the digital one only.
  • On display: The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of the United States = all collectively known as the Charters of Freedom. Also on display is the Magna Carta - the first document forced onto a King of England by a group of his subjects, to limit his powers by law and protect their privileges. Need I say more? Plan on spending some time (at least one hour minimum), at the National Archives, not only viewing the above stated documents (no photographs are allowed), but also the many other exhibits/displays at the National Archives. It is so humbling to see all of them, and realize what our ancestors and others before us, went through. Admission - FREE Parking - street, better yet, take the Metro to the National Archives stop. Go up the escalator, and when you get to the top, the National Archives is to your left, across the street. Hours - Open seven days a week, 10 A.M. - 5:30 P.M., but always check before you go, just to make sure. Go! It is so worth it!!!!
  • The hours are 10:00 am to 5:30 PM 7 days a week for the museum portion. The research room is 8:45 am to 5:45 pm on Monday to Friday. Most people are interested in the museum part and not the research room. You must arrive 30 minutes prior to closing in order to be admitted.
  • Considering that the place is free, it provides an amazing experience. You can see the originals of American Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and Constitution all within 15 minutes, if you have planned your route. There are other interesting exhibits, but these three are highlights and definitely worth a visit.

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