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National Archives Museum Wins Unique Venues’ 2018 Best Venue for Formal Affairs Award

November 27, 2018

The  National Archives Museum was named the Best Venue for Formal Affairs in the 2018 Unique Venues Best of Awards. As a leading voice in the event and hospitality industry, Unique Venues recognizes the best event venues across the United States and Canada each year with their Best of Awards.

“We are honored that the National Archives Museum is being recognized as a top event space in the nation by such a distinguished leader in the hospitality sector,” said Executive Director of the National Archives Foundation Patrick Madden. “From its rich American history, to its spectacular architecture and event spaces, attending an event at the National Archives Museum is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Madden accepted the award on October 23 at the Unique Venues Annual Member Conference in Portland, Ore. The National Archives Museum was nominated for the award among nine other organizations from eight states. As this year’s winner, the National Archives Museum will be recognized in the Best of Unique Venues Magazine.

Event spaces at the National Archives Museum include the Rotunda Galleries, Visitor Orientation Plaza, William G. McGowan Theater, Presidential Conference Center and the Archivist’s Reception Room. According to Unique Venues, these event spaces within the historic museum in the nation’s capital are ideally suited for events ranging from elegant receptions and gala dinners to board meetings, lectures, film screenings and corporate events.

Please contact Michael Lavalle, Director of Special Events, at (202) 357-7361, for more information and to schedule a walkthrough of the event spaces at the National Archives Museum.



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 ordinaryAmericans, 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