DC Day Five - The Archives and National Museum of American History

Today we made the trip back downtown DC. Our main objective was to view the documents that our country is founded on - collectively known as the Charters of Freedom. Comprising the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights - they are all on display in the Rotunda of the National Archives.

It was sobering to look at the documents and imagine the founding fathers wordsmithing them and then committing them to print and to history. It’s not an experience you can photograph as they are trying to be as careful in preserving these documents as possible.  We toured the other exhibits as well before departing for the National Museum of American History.  Highlights of that visit were seeing the flag that inspired our national anthem, and the GM-sponsored transportation exhibit.

There’s just so much to see in each of these museums that I think it would honestly take me weeks to go through them in 1-hour chunks to fully grok them. As it is I’m getting a bit museum-ed out (notice how each of these post is getting shorter?), so we’ll see what we do with our remaining time here in Washington DC.

Entryway columns at the National Archives

Entryway columns at the National Archives

Finally - some steps all to ourselves!

Finally - some steps all to ourselves!

The crew at lunch.

The crew at lunch.

Early locomotive

Early locomotive

This car made the first cross-continental US trip in 68 days.

This car made the first cross-continental US trip in 68 days.

I'd like mine medium-rare please?

I'd like mine medium-rare please?

An early Dodge school bus

An early Dodge school bus

Early fulltiming family.

Early fulltiming family.

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