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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Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.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
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+1 202-357-5000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lots to see besides our national documents and when you do, it will be very dark. Specially exhibits all the time but avoid the gift shop as this gift shop wants you to pay off the national debt. A long sleeve t-shirt sells for $69.00....More

Thank vlcnyc21
Reviewed 3 days ago

Listen there is a lot to see, but the stars of the show are the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Will be a lot of people there, but you will be able to find some room and see them. They are pretty incredible. Didn't think...More

Thank barry88
Reviewed 3 days ago

Be ready to read! I thought it was interesting that there were multiple school trips in there. How great would it be if these documents were available for every school kid to see? Quite Honestly, I was more interested in seeing the wonder on the...More

Thank BWOver
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited in early November and were very grateful that there were absolutely no lines (although the queuing poles are in place and look long if they were full.) The Declaration of Independence is very damaged and I found it impossible to read. The Constitution...More

Thank leppaenat
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my 2nd visit here. First visit was 10 years ago in the fall of 2007 and I can attest that the original documents ARE fading. If you are in DC, I highly recommend visiting the National Archives. Its moving to see the ink...More

Thank RSTorres
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum not only explains what, why, and how records are collected, but also provides interesting examples. The exhibit space is large and traffic flow is well organized, so it never felt crowded. The building is beautiful. Plan to spend at least 2 hours.

Thank 2mchfn
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of history and background on that history. Allow time to see the exhibits and not just the documents (like the Declaration of Independence, Magna Carta, and much more.) The modern-day exhibits are just as interesting as the history.

Thank Everett B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is so wonderful. Literally almost like being in a time machine. To see the documents, original/hand written documents, which helped create and shape our Nation is inspiring. Makes you forget about all the turmoil we see in real life and the media. My...More

Thank fonskers
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Archives displays the original Declaration of Independence and Constitution. I feel that this is a good time for Americans to study these documents.

Thank daylily984
Reviewed 1 week ago

Some interesting and moving exhibits—e.g., Struggle for Freedom, Founding Documents and Remembering Vietnam. Very nice gift shop as well. Do your research in advance—the layout is confusing and there is no information desk as you enter and very few people to help--there was an info...More

Thank Fred K
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31 October 2017|
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Response from charlton69 | Reviewed this property |
1.5 hours is about right but take into consideration you may have to queue to get in.
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
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