Been thinking a lot about Veteran’s Day this year and all those whom have served in one of the branches of our Armed Forces. This may be due to the craziness of the heated presidential election, but either way I have been feeling extremely thankful for those who had served as well as their families. I have also been thinking about some of the more patriotic and historical places I have been and how much they have touched me. I really enjoyed our visit to Fort McHenry, but there was something enormously special about the National Archives Building we visited during a trip to our National Capitol in Washington D.C. It was one of those experiences which I will never forget. For those of you who don’t know, or have never been, the National Archives Building holds the original copies of the three main formative documents of the United States and its government: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Along with these culturally significant documents, the National Archives also contains exhibits with other important American historical documents such as the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, the Emancipation Proclamation, and collections of photography as well as other American artifacts.
A little bit about the museum. Besides the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, which houses the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, it is also the home of the Public Vaults permanent exhibit gallery; the David M. Rubenstein Gallery, the Lawrence F. O’Brien temporary exhibit gallery; the Boeing Learning Center; and the William G. McGowan Theater. Check out their website for more information about what is available in each gallery. We spent most of our time in the Rotunda and the Public Vaults. It was so fascinating.Sadly you can’t take pictures (understandingly), but they wouldn’t have done the museum justice anyway. You had to be there to feel the power. Even though it may be corny, I felt the power in that room of those that made such hard decisions so many years ago. I could still feel it in the present day as if it had just happened. I never in a million years expected to feel anything like that. Pretty crazy, but cool.We were there in October, and there were A LOT of people there, but it wasn’t as crazy as it would have been during the tourist season. They say it can get pretty bad during the summer and holidays. Thinking about visiting the National Museum? If so, you don’t need reservations, but they are strongly recommended. If you don’t have reservations you can wait in the general public entry line, but the lines could be long and most of it is outside. There is a convenience fee of $1.50 but I feel that is so worth it. They also have guided tours on certain days, but we didn’t know about them until it was too late :(. Maybe next time we are there we can catch a tour. Sounds like it might be fascinating. Here is a link again to their website.Like I said earlier, I was looking forward to visiting but never realized how touched or moved I would be to be in the same room as these documents and be able to see them with my own eyes. It was truly exciting and humbling at the same time. Sorry I will never forget.
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