The United States National Archives

Went to the United States National Archives to see the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.  I wanted to take a photo of the Constitution, however when I got there they had signs up stating no photography.  After inquiring why they informed me it is because the light affects the actual document and the ink on the document.  They also informed that previously to get into the building you would have to walk through the front door, however you don’t enter that way anymore because the sunlight that would come into the building every time the door was opened would fade the ink.  The room lighting is dim, the documents are kept at a specific temperature range, they are stored in an inert gas, and the light is strictly controlled in order to preserve the documents.  Even after learning about all that it was still an awesome experience to be able to see first-hand the most important documents in the United States.

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