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 These documents, among other important historical documents regarding the U.S. government, are on display in the archives' main chamber, called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.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. To visit National Archives Museum and other attractions in Washington DC, use our Washington DC online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Impressive to walk in and see the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Neat and impressive displays throughout the building. A must stop when visiting the DC area!  more »
  • The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are all here. These documents were what created the United States of America, and they are well-preserved here. They even sell...  more »
  • It is so special seeing the original Magne Carta, Declaration of Independance and the Bill of Rights. It's a reminder over how cleverly these things were constructed.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The most important historical documents of the United States.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.
  • 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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