Located a few blocks away from the National Mall, the National Archives is a museum that has some very important documents on display, that helped create this country of the USA.
Closest Metro station is the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter stop. Then have to enter on the side, on Constitution Ave, between 7th and 9th street. You will have to go through security to get through.
The highlight and main reason for coming to this place, is to see the original copies of 3 important documents that helped find this nation. They would be the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Located in the Rotunda area, it is really something to see the actual copies from around the time period when they were actually written. And more likely, touched by the Founding Fathers themselves. There are other items on display, that show how they led up to those 3 documents.
One downside can be the crowds in the Rotunda, as there is no line to follow. So people can jump in anytime, anywhere. Making it confusing, and crazy at times.
But there is more to see. One of them would be one of the few remaining original copies of the Magna Carta, from 1291, in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery. This also shows how women and blacks achieved equality, with the passing of Amendments and laws. Plus in another gallery, a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.
This museum is really extensive, and has a lot to offer. And it is actually more interesting than it sounds.
One downside can be the crowds in the Rotunda, as there is really no formal line to follow. So people can jump in anytime, anywhere. Making it crazy, and confusing at times, as the displays does seem to follow a certain other. Another downside... Photography is NOT allowed at all. Though given the age of the documents, I do understand why this rule is put in place.
Overall, an interesting place to visit, for anyone who is into American history. To see the documents that helped shape the US would be enough reason for history buffs. But for everyone else, I think it is a skippable attraction, as I don't rank this as high as the many other attractions in Washington DC.
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