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 These documents, among other important historical documents regarding the U.S. government, are on display in the archives' main chamber, called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.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 Reviews
This was the museum I was least looking forward to visiting in Washington as I thought it’d be very dry but I was really pleasantly surprised. It has some excellent original documents like the Magna C... more »
Super cool to see our Nation's most important documents!! Even though you can't take pictures just enjoy taking it all in!! more »
What a cool museum. Aside from the obvious stars of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution (and Magna Carta), there are tons of other cool historical documents, letters a... more »
Incredible fantastic place! You can to there with whole your family and everyone will find something interesting for himself. You can spend there long hours, walking through all this amazing exhibitions. And the best one... its totally free of charge! On the place you will find also very nice restaurant with quite tasty food. There is also playground for small children. Go there with your family for fantastic day!
A must see and do activity when you are in Washington DC! I suggest spending the $1 fee to have a guaranteed time to see the archives. If not you will end up waiting in line for long periods of time. Everyone was pleasant to interact with, The security guards made it fun to have bags checked and offered witty jokes for the kids. We enjoyed our slow walk and adventure about the archives learning about important time periods and historic moments which are outlined for your viewing. At no point were my 10 yr old and 13 yr old bored from this experience. You are engaged with activities and learning every corridor. Seeing our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution was important to my daughters. There was a small line, however it went quickly, and allowed each individual to spend the time they wanted to review and see it.
Must see in DC. Quick tip: go closer to closing time to avoid crowds. They close the doors 30 min before the museum closes, so the crowds are better then. The main attractions are obviously amazing, but the hidden gems everywhere else are just as cool. I found the Emancipation Proclamation while randomly walking around. So special to see that history in person.
This place is entrusted with the safeguard of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. With that being said, they are also in public display for everyone to see, which is a testament to how committed the National Archives is to be fully transparent with its visitors. On top of that, it is also a place where you can go and do extensive research if you enter the opposite side of the building from where the museum is located. Needless to say, this is truly a fascinating place to come visit and I highly recommend coming here. It is very clean, the bathrooms are well kept, the marble in the interior is quite beautiful, and even the exterior of the building tells an interesting story if you look at the frieze and the statues outside and learn what they all represent.
Love this place. Besides all the historical primary source documents covering all aspects of American history, both good and bad, the Rotunda hosts the amazing foundational documents that make the United States of America so exceptional. Read the Declaration and the Constitution and the Amendments protecting our Rights. The misguided Governor of California needs to visit the Rotunda, walk right up to the document containing the Bill of Rights, and right in the middle of the large sheet, written in clear and precise words: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” #2A
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