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the National Archives - Home Of The Decleration Of Independence

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National Archives

See some of the documents that forged a nation. The National Archives is home to the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and the Bill of Rights to name a few.

The National Archives is a fascinating collection of the documents that have formed the nation. Documents that have only been described in history books are brought to life when seen personally, so adolescents and adults will appreciate the exhibits more than children. Daily tours are available weekdays at 10:15 AM and 1:15 PM, but special in-depth tours can be arranged.

Some of the documents on display are the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Louisiana Purchase complete with Napoleon Bonaparte’s signature and the Bill of Rights. Some of the display cases are almost as interesting as what they contain because of the preservation and security protocols involved. For example, the Constitution is housed in a bulletproof case that is illuminated with green light and then filled with helium gas. Obviously, flash photography is strictly prohibited.

The National Archives’ exhibits include more than just documents. It has the rifle used by lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate President Kennedy and numerous photos chronicling moments in American history.

The average stay in the archives is about 45 minutes, but can easily be longer because the Archives is a great place to cool off and rest from the summer heat. There are plenty of seats and the building itself designed by John Russell Pope is beautiful.

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