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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 These documents, among other important historical documents regarding the U.S. government, are on display in the archives' main chamber, called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.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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  • Worth the visit to see many original documents including the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the Magna Carta. 
    Worth the visit to see many original documents including the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the Magna Carta.  more »
  • I was a bit concerned that the Archives would just be * the key documents from US history (Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence etc) but I was so wrong (NB * I know these are seminal documents....  more
    I was a bit concerned that the Archives would just be * the key documents from US history (Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence etc) but I was so wrong (NB * I know these are seminal documents....  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.

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