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 These documents, among other important historical documents regarding the U.S. government, are on display in the archives' main chamber, called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.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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  • Worth our time to witness how the treasured documents are stored and how the archives work. My favorite was to see the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence and learn about the... 
    Worth our time to witness how the treasured documents are stored and how the archives work. My favorite was to see the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence and learn about the...  more »
  • A required stop every time I visit DC. The most obvious reason being that the Archives house original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. These are... 
    A required stop every time I visit DC. The most obvious reason being that the Archives house original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. These are...  more »
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  • Excellent experience! The exhibit on rights was amazing. I felt the need to read everything. As expected, the rotunda with the Declaration of Independence does get crowded, so be prepared for that. Despite the crowds, guests were considerate and moved through the exhibit so other people could view the documents. I did like the policy against taking photos. You really get to enjoy the experience without having to navigate around other people. I highly recommend.
  • It took a little while to get in since we hadn't gotten tickets ahead of time, but at least there was a low wall to sit on while my elderly parents waited. :) It's definitely amazing to see the original Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Admission is free, and there are other cool exhibits as well. It's super worth waiting in line for 30 minutes.

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