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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Repository where the most important historical documents of the United States are held, such as the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta.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 yesterday

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 2 days 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 3 days 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
Thank avorajee
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A must see for anyone who loves American history! To be able to actually see the original documents that founded our nation is incredible. Be aware that no photography is allowed. When you see the documents you will understand why.

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

Fabulous place to see our National Documents. Very educational. The kids loved seeing the Declaration of Independence, the Us Constitution etc. Would highly recommend this tour.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Stacey F
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a lot to see here. Many original important artifacts are here. Some are very difficult to read, but still nice to see.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank wanda m
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our most favorite spot to tour in Washington DC. Where else could you see the original Constitution, Articles of Confederation and Declaration of Independence. Awesome!

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Suzie G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go for the documents, stay for everything in between. The Archives actually do so much more than house the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution. It was really cool to learn about everything else that gets done here. Plus I got an awesome...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank anthonyjpow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First, let's clear something up: this a high-security location. The contents are fragile and unique. Be prepared for your bags & personal attire to go through a screening process. While the guards were not "friendly" that's not their job. Leaning on the glass cases, letting...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank coffdvm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here you can see the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Some people were looking at these like they were in line to see them but there is no line. Once you get in the building you can walk up to what...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Robert S
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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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