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 These documents, among other important historical documents regarding the U.S. government, are on display in the archives' main chamber, called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.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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  • We were lucky to have a reservation and not have to wait in line. But once we were inside we became part of a group and were told when we could go into the area with Declaration of Independence and.....  more
    We were lucky to have a reservation and not have to wait in line. But once we were inside we became part of a group and were told when we could go into the area with Declaration of Independence and.....  more »
  • Seeing the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Magna Carta is a history buffs dream. Simply amazing. The entire experience was great...easy ticketing and the staff was so nice. 
    Seeing the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Magna Carta is a history buffs dream. Simply amazing. The entire experience was great...easy ticketing and the staff was so nice.  more »
  • I've been to DC many times but never stopped at the Archives. I was on a short trip with my 10 year old daughter and we wanted to see the Founding documents. First the free line was very slow and... 
    I've been to DC many times but never stopped at the Archives. I was on a short trip with my 10 year old daughter and we wanted to see the Founding documents. First the free line was very slow and...  more »
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  • Strong experience seeing the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and more. Definitely recommend visiting. Also the building itself is beautiful. Know that photography is prohibited inside. I recommend booking tickets in advance or visiting in the morning.
  • As an American, this is a must visit. What an amazing experience to see the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and Bill of Rights. To hear and learn more about these founding documents was such a fantastic experience. Try to make reservations, but if you can't then you can still make it in by waiting in line. There's other exhibitions, but none compare to the founding documents.
  • The National Archives was a wonderful experience. Tickets are not currently required but you do have to stand in line and wait for admittance. Be prepared to go through security. The Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Constitution and many other items of historical significance are housed here. We were here midweek at a weird hour and it was still fairly crowded and hard to get close to the Declaration. The security doesn't want you to stand in line but to roam about freely, but if you do roam about freely then you never get close enough to actually see the Declaration. 🤷‍♀️ Be better prepared than us and have more time then you think you need so you don't have to rush. It would have been so much nicer if we had more time. Very worth it. Photography isn't allowed inside the building. ☹️ Its free. Public entry is at the corner of 9th and Constitution Ave.
  • So much more to see here than just the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. However, for those documents just get up there and look at them. People try to do this line business and then the security personnel have to break it up to move everyone along. It’s silly. Not everyone wants to read all the other information around those documents, so the ridiculously long line through the whole rotunda makes no sense. And others really want to read it all slowing down said silly line. Hope you will have a friendly, reasonable security guard when you visit too. The other galleries are worth a look as well. My teenage son and I enjoyed about 1.5 hours in the Archives building. To comment on entering the building, we only waited about 15-20 minutes on a Wednesday in June shortly after it opened for the day. When we were leaving noonish, there was no line. Paying for timed passes would not have been worth it on our day.
  • I had a very pleasant visit to the Archives, I found I was oddly emotional that there were books on display that Thomas Jefferson held and read. The building is beautiful too.

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