The National Archives
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Member Reviews (27)
- The National ArchivesFeb 19, 2014
When was the last time you strolled by pages of the constitution, Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation, or drafts of the 20th amendment?
The national Archives is an often overlooked stop on the DC tourist circuit but well worth the visit.
In addition to excellent displays of efforts towards establishing human rights, the archives is a beautiful building as well as a fascinating monument to preservation of a nation's documents, data and history.Recommended for:
- The National ArchivesMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Dec 28, 2013
Famous for housing the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. Amazing to see and really all I went there for. I still remember going in and looking at them as a kid.Recommended for:
- The National ArchivesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Nov 11, 2013
This is place where all three major documents are store and view for the public to see. There is a behind the scene tour that you have to call ahead for tickets. There are also displays talking about the history of National Archives and the documents. Plus there is a research room down stairs. Disability parking in the back area need to call ahead first and is on first come first base. You will need about 2 hours to go through everything.Recommended for:
- The National ArchivesFirst to ReviewOct 21, 2013
Home to the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution, the National Archives is one of the most important vaults in DC. It's a beautiful building as well (as are most of the grecian-style buildings downtown), though you'll have to take mental images as they don't allow photography in the building. Once inside, it's best to start with the 11 minute video on the bottom floor, which gives a brief description of the Archives' documents and purposes. Then head to the rotunda, where you can see the three main documents. Unfortunately, all three have faded considerably, and it's pretty much a 20 minute wait in line to see illegible parchment paper (albeit meaningful parchment paper). There are also some rotating exhibts - the one I saw was excellent, entitled "How Congress Shaped Our Nation's Diet". Be aware that there will probably be a pretty long line outside, with an additional line inside the rotunda. In other words, bring some reading material.Recommended for:
- The National ArchivesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Sep 25, 2013
No cameras or any electronics allowed inside, but that's okay. If you haven't been here, it's such a great experience to see the Constitution written by our Founding Fathers. Other documents stored here are the Magna Carta and The Constitution,Recommended for:
- The National Archives
- The National ArchivesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Sep 27, 2012
I don't mind the security, God knows we need it, but could they not herd us like cattle? It messes up the experience of seeing where our country came from to see where it is right now.
- The National ArchivesMember ofFoodiesBackpackersAdventure TravelersJul 05, 2012
I've been to the Archives but I didn't see its famous holdings - the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. However, I did see a totally amazing exhibit called "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" which was a historic look at the role of government in what Americans eat. Fascinating!