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National Archives Store Review

In a town full of museum shops, the National Archives Store stands out, with bespoke merchandise that's only available here. Authentic-looking copies of the Constitution and other historical documents are printed in Pennsylvania and replicas of stationery used in the Civil War come from Maine. The popular "red tape" jewelry is crafted by an Archives employee who works in the building and uses real red tape that bound Government documents: hence the phrase "cut through the red tape." Other popular products feature Rosie the Riveter and presidential pets from Jefferson's bear cubs to the Obamas' dog, Bo. Throughout the store, interactive games associated with special exhibits provide entertainment and education into history—of the United States and even you. Enter your last name into the computer and see how many people in the U.S. share your name and in which states they live.

Updated: 05-23-2014

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