The National Archives is a bombproof, fireproof facility that protects the nation's most treasured documents. The methods ... More
The National Archives is a bombproof, fireproof facility that protects the nation's most treasured documents. The methods used for storing the documents safely are nearly as interesting as the documents themselves. Sealed glass vaults are raised into the exhibition areas for viewing each day but sink back into safety each night. Here, you will find the most significant of our national documents--the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Among the other documents and artifacts housed here are copies of the Magna Carta and the Emancipation Proclamation, and the rifle used to assassinate John F. Kennedy.
The National Archives maintain the most important documents in our history; however, the remainder of the exhibit leaves a lot to be desired. The Boeing Learning Center is great for educators, but not so much for visitors.
I the National Archives hold some of the Nations most important documents. We read about them in history class but to see the documents up close is cool. I would suggest not going in if you see small kids going in.
The National Archives are free which makes them a great value. And while it was neat seeing the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Magna Carta. The cases that enclosed the pieces were more interesting than the papers themselves. I understand that it's historic value is high, but the lines are long and once you get into the main rotunda it's difficult to squeeze your way in to see anything.
The National Archives should definitely be in the top 10 places to see in Washington D.C. You will see our Declaration of Independence, Constitution of The United States, Bill of Rights, and The Magna Carta. These original documents are displayed within an awesome Rotunda. On the walls are two large hand painted murals that leave you breathless as you view these Charters of Freedom. The National Archives is not just an exhibit, it is an experience!
If you come to DC for no other reason but to see our country's government in action then you must visit here.
The home for the Constitution and Declaration of Independence this is almost a religious experience.
The only downside is the line to get in.
Best seen in the off season.
Why is this number 71? It should be in the top 10. The Archives are the home of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It all has other documents like the Magna Carta. It's a beautiful building and it's kept a bit on the dark side to preserve the documents. I've been there three times. Twice we got in right away and there was only a small crowd. Another time, we went on a Saturday and it was very crowded but the lines move quickly. Definitely a must see if you are in DC. Parts of the movie, National Treasure were filmed here.
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