The archives building provides a wealth of documents that reflect the American heritage. Similar to the Library of Congress, this is an excellent place to perform research with primary documents. You will find the most important documents in the country here: The Declaration of Independance and the Constitution of the United States. In addition to these documents, there are several noteworthy items readily available for the general public to examine.
Visit National Archives to see the 3 most important documents of US -- Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. These 3 documents are housed in a rotunda as seen in photo. These documents are so old and protected behind thick glass walls that I couldn't see a word even when close up. But it's still worth a visit because it's the foundation the country is built upon.
The National Archives displays the documents most significant to the history of the United States, which include the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.
Hours are as follows:
Spring 10 AM - 7 PM
Summer 10 AM - 9 PM
Winter 10 AM - 5:30 PM
The Archives are closed on Sundays, federal holidays, and December 25.
Lectures and workshops are planned frequently. Check the website for details.
The National Archives along Pennsylvania Ave. is the chief headquarters to similar administrative buildings across the United States. Here (as well as in other locations) are some of the most important documents of American government, culture, and personal belongings belonging to ordinary people from earlier ages.
Visitors to the National Archives have a chance to view the Charters of Freedom (the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the first pages of the American Constitution): all of them being nearly 230 years old. If you're wondering why they look green, it's not your eyes fooling you. Protective gasses in the protection glass helps maintain a stable atmosphere for the documents, which recieved considerable damage in the 19th century because of poor preservation techniques.
Also available at the National Archives is one of the few copies of the Magna Carta known to exist. This copy, written in Latin, dates back to 1297, and is signed by Edward I (Longshanks), and is one of the direct descendants of modern governmental law binding a ruler to an assembly. Strangely, the Magna Carta is in much better shape than any the three Charters of Freedom, even though it's five hundred years older!
Tours can be arranged with the National Archives to view other materials off limits to the drop-in visitor. Check out the National Archives' excellent website for more information.
Outside, the building is a beatiful example of the architecture of Washington DC's historic monuments and buildings. Inside, the exhibit hall displays American treasures: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. There are also other exhibits with themes of American cultural and historical heritage.
The front hall of the National Archives contains one of the original Declarations of Independence. Viewers stand in single file in the central rotunda and have a short time to view this particular document. Take some time to walk around!
This great building and its collections are probably overlooked in the shadow of the Smithsonian with its 65 million artefacts, etc, but a few minutes inside will be sufficient. The front hall contains one of the original Declarations of Independence. Viewers stand in single file in the central rotunda and have a short time to view this particular document.
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
Two of history's most famous documents can be viewed, through some very thick glass!! It's amazing and awe-inspiring to be in the presence of two documents that have dramatically shaped this country. They've been the cause of huge wars and lives sacraficed for a piece of parchment that says we are free. Incredible!
The archives are the the permanent home of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constiution.
To view these historic documents makes one think of their place in history and the individuals who first gave birth to the nation.
This building houses historic documents, and the actual declaration of independence is its main item.
The national archives were recently opened up in Nov 2004. Great place for those who like to search through the past
Located at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, this is where you can see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights among other original documents.
The National Archives building viewed from the Sculpture Garden.
That's a sculpture of a spider to the right.