The National Archives

Here is the National Archives building. This is one of the museums I was most excited about going to because it holds America's founding documents - The Declaration of Independence, Constitution and the Bill of Rights. When I went to the National Archives there was a really long line, probably because it was Easter Break, but what I thought was really smart of them is that they had a phone number that you could call and listen to information about the objects inside while you waited in line. Press 1 to hear more about the rotunda, 2 to hear about the Declaration of Independence etc. I liked this a lot because it didn't feel like a waste of time to wait in line and I felt more prepared for what I was going to see before I went in.
I did NOT take the following two pictures, because photographs are not allowed at all and I wasn't about to try and get around that by sneaking one, so I just pulled these off of google. But this is what it looks like when you go inside the rotunda where the 3 main documents (Charters of Freedom) are held. Also, before you go inside this room you can see one of the few copies of the Magna Carta on display. It's cool to see these documents up close, but there are so many people (much more than shown in this pic) that it's hard to get a good look. Plus, they're so old and faded and written in such elaborate cursive that it's difficult to read them very well. They're bigger than I remembered though.
A short American history lesson for you. The Declaration of Independence announced the separation of the 13 colonies from Great Britain and the establishment of the United States of America. The Declaration articulates the highest ideals of the Revolution - liberty, equality and the right to self-determination. The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States and specifies the duties of each of the 3 branches of government. It is considered one of the most influential legal documents of all time. Over 100 countries have used it as a model. The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution as the first 10 amendments and explicitly protects freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly, among other rights.
Did you know that there is an error in the Constitution. Pennsylvania is misspelled.
The National Archives has a whole lot more to see as well. You can walk around and see everything from names of people who came on boats to America, videos of Americans working in factories, early recordings of presidents and much more.

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