National Archives, washington dc, US Tourist Attractions and Travel

North side of the Mall at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW; closest Metro Archives-Navy Memorial. April to Labor Day daily 10am9pm; rest of year daily 10am5.30pm. 202/501-5000. Admission free.

National Archives travel, washington Tourist Attractions

As well as a copy of the Magna Carta, dating from 1297, the National Archives hold exhibitions and serve as the official repository of all US national records  census data, treaties (including the surrender of Japan in World War II), passport applications, as well as genealogical records  most of which are kept in storage. Shaolin Temple


National Archives, washington dc, US

National Archives attractions


On display inside the impressive Neoclassical Greek temple  designed by the National Gallery's John Russell Pope  are the three short texts upon which the United States is founded: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These three National Archives travel original sheets of parchment (the three further pages of the Constitution are not on display), drafted respectively in 1776, 1787 and 1789, are now contained in helium-filled glass cases, which drop underground in case of fire or other threat. You can usually look at them as long as you like, but if there's a crowd you have to shuffle on past.

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