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700 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest | Washington, DC 20408 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.9)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 2.0 (2.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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A treasure trove of the United States' founding documents, the National Archives are high on travelers' to-do lists and almost always have long lines to get in. But once you do get inside, you'll see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, along with one of the surviving copies of the Magna Carta and the Emancipation Proclamation. Other interactive and kid-friendly exhibits fill the museum, which is located off the Archives/Navy Memorial Metro station on the Green and Yellow lines.

"Every American should visit this awe-inspiring place. It gave me goose-bumps. Plan on spending many hours if not more than a day to drink it all in," raved one TripAdvisor user. Previous visitors also suggest planning a visit between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. to admire the detailed original documents in all their glory.

Though the museum welcomes visitors every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., booking a reservation (about six weeks in advance) to visit is strongly recommended. An online reservation requires a $1.50 per person transaction fee. You should also note that the last admission time is 5 p.m.

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