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May 18, 2023

Washington DC —The National Archives Foundation announces the reopening of the museum store with an enhanced focus on the visitor experience. The improved layout includes the addition of four new self-checkout stations to reduce wait times and allow visitors to move through the museum more easily. Store personnel previously tasked with checkout responsibilities are now working on the floor to provide guests more personalized customer service.

“The National Archives Store has always been a cut above in product selection and service. Now, we are the first in the DC area to offer self-checkout to museum guests. After viewing America’s founding documents in the Rotunda and touring the museum, visitors can stroll through a more spacious store and experience an easy check out,” said Patrick Madden, executive director of the National Archives Foundation.

In addition to unique items such as original government red tape jewelry and one-of-a-kind artisan products tied to the National Archives holdings, the store has expanded the product inventory and now carries over 4,800 items that are connected to our nation’s history and Washington, D.C.

The National Archives Foundation began operating the store in 2003 and has steadily grown to be recognized as one of the top gift shops in the area. The last store remodel was in 2012. It is open 364 days a year from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Foundation is the nonprofit partner to the National Archives. All proceeds from the store are directed back into the operations and mission of the Foundation, inspiring interest and expanding access to our nation’s history.

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About the National Archives Foundation
The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world. Learn more at

About the National Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our government so people can discover, use and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers and Presidential Libraries and online at


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