The United States Constitution Is On Display In Washington D.C. At The National Archives building 

The U.S. Constitution On Display

 "Where Can You See The Constitution With Your Own Eyes?"

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 nuclear blast.
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 shattering.

Interesting Facts About The United States Constitution.

  • 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 Constitution.

  • 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 existence.

  • Over 100 countries around the world have used the American Constitution as a model for their own.

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408-0001

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 street.

HOURS:  Spring and Summer March 15 - Labor Day 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Fall and Winter Day after Labor Day - March 14 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Founding Father Of The Constitution Thomas Jefferson Founding Father Of The Constitution John Adams Founding Father Of The Constitution George Washington Founding Father Of The U.S. Constitution Benjamin Franklin Founding Father Of the Constitutijon John Jay Founding Father Of The Constitution Alexander Hamilton Founding Father Of The Constitution James Madison


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 U.S. Constitution are Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison.
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