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The National Archives Museum: Tours & Tickets

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Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.
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700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20408-0001
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The exhibits in the museum were interesting and informative but the founding documents were the main attraction. As others noted, it was sad to see how faded the documents are but it was still exciting to see the actual paper signed by the founding fathers....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank TaleofGenji
Reviewed 2 days ago

Get a reservation-so worth it. By far, our favorite D.C. memory. You are seeing the real, original documents that our country was founded on. Gives you the chills. So impactful what our founding fathers went through in creating the original language/formulating laws etc. Please go,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank AnnmarieKKeiramnnA
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I love going through the archives! Seeing the original documents that were signed by our founding fathers is surreal. Reading the history and seeing it right before your eyes is amazing!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank DesiraeP73
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was incredibly humbling to see so many of this country's amazing surviving documents. We were surprised though that we couldn't actually read the Declaration of Independence anymore, it's so faded. But just being in the same room, within literal inches, was thrilling enough for...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank cptkurk
Reviewed 6 days ago

Pretty cool that you can view the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution all under one roof. Also got to see the Magna Carta while we were there in a special exhibit. The museum was on the smaller side but did a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank HobokenMatt2019
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was really cool to see the original Declaration of Independence and Constitution, but there was a lot of confusion. The staff kept telling us there was no line to see the documents, but it was obvious people were lining up to be able to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank allygator78
Reviewed 1 week ago

Reserve an admission time on line if you can - only $1 fee per ticket and we skipped past a line that wrapped around the building to enter.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank AAS
Reviewed 1 week ago

See the original documents even though they are faded and even though the glass is thick...we have them and we we mean to keep them.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank janicemR8825FS
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I will give my review first and then the tips. We really enjoyed the main documents in the rotunda room. Much of what there was to see was not that appealing to me. I would say it would be worth coming here even if you...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Russell3939
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This one is a must see in DC ... well preserved documents of the founders. No photography allowed. Visit the shop downstairs to get replicas of the documents. Enjoy.

Date of experience: October 2019
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My questions are Are the staff (security guard /special police) of this place friendly to foreigners? Are foreigners not welcomed at this place? The reason I am asking these questions is because of the reviews here. I am planning a family trip to the National Archives Museum. We are from a foreign country where English is our second language. My family members and I read the reviews here. It seems foreigners were not treated well here. In one of the reviews, a foreigner did not violate any regulation, but one of the security guards threatened to toss this foreigner out of the museum. Another reviewer, we think he is a foreigner, or looks like a foreigner. The moment he entered the gift shop, a security guard yelled at him, "Do not touch anything if you not going to buy. If you not going to buy anything, you shouldn't be in here!" But he just got into the gift shop and did nothing, why all the yelling? In other reviews, similar to the previous two, security guard yelled at foreigners a lot. It seems that foreigners are presumed guilty of something. Should we skip this place? Or, if we decided to visit this place, what should we prepare? What should we do to please security guards here?
6 August 2019|
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Response from PAYEMD | Reviewed this property |
I did not encounter anyone who was rude but I also am very respectful of the rules and as mentioned in others replies, these security people deal with thousands of people every day some of whom may be difficult. I would not... More
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I travel a great deal and it never ceases to amaze me how difficult tourists/visitors can be. My guess is that their demeanor is really needed to make sure that rules are followed. SO many people want to create their own... More
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Response from Ron G | Reviewed this property |
DO NOT TRY! Not worth the potential jail time.
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