The U.S. Constitution On
The U.S. Constitution is on display at the
National Archives Exhibit in Washington D.C. The
United States Constitution is arguably America's
greatest treasure so not surprisingly it draws
large crowds years round whenever its displayed..
The original hand written document signed by
members of the constitutional convention is housed
in an impressive high-tech bullet-proof display
unit charged with argon gas and 40% humidity to
preserve this fragile document. The display itself
retracts into the safety of a vault with 5-ton
doors designed to be capable of surviving a
The constitution is on display alongside the original
"Charter of Freedom, "Declaration of Independence", and
the "Bill of Rights", each contained in new display units
made of aluminum and titanium, and costing $533,000.00
apiece. These high-tech containment units have 3/8th inch
thick glass laminated with a plastic film to prevent
Interesting Facts About The United
- The Constitution is the shortest written constitution
in the world with only 4,400 words and the world's oldest.
- Benjamin Franklin, who was 81 years old at the time,
wept and required assistance while signing the
To Amend the U.S. Constitution it must be supported
by 3 quarters of the states.
The new U.S. Constitution display is wheelchair
accessible with viewing cases at a level suitable for
viewing from a wheelchair.
The first state to ratify the Constitution was
Delaware in December, 1787.
The 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was
created to bar the ownership of slaves.
The United States Constitution is considered by
many to be the most influential legal document in
Over 100 countries around the world have used the
American Constitution as a model for their own.
NATIONAL ARCHIVES ADDRESS
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
SUBWAY: In Washington,
DC, take Metrorail's Yellow or Green lines to the
Archives/Navy Memorial station.
Once at the Archives/Navy Memorial stop you will
find the National Archives building across the
HOURS: Spring and
Summer March 15 - Labor Day 10 a.m. - 7
Fall and Winter
Day after Labor Day - March 14 10 a.m. -
FOUNDING FATHERS OF THE
The term "Founding Fathers" was coined by Republican
Senator Warren G. Harding, who went on to become the 29the
President Of the United States of America. While the term
"Founding Fathers" is used to describe all those that
signed the Declaration of Independence and those that
helped establish the United States Constitution, those
most responsible for the creation of the
are Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington,
Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James