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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Clinton Foundation to move museum store, raise admission fee at library

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click to enlarge ON THE MOVE: Shop moving to Clinton Library.
  • ON THE MOVE: Shop moving to Clinton Library.

The Clinton Foundation announced today that it would be closing the museum store that currently operates at 610 Clinton Avenue in the river market district and moving sales to the library itself. The lobby will be renovated to include a kiosk to sell goods sold in the shop. The Foundation also announced an admission price increase at the first of the year.

The Foundation is considering leasing or selling the building that now houses the shop. The shop with retail sales had to be outside the library proper in the initial seven to 10 years of operation, according to my recollection, on account of some questions about financing requirements. But the belief is that a kiosk inside the library would likely be more productive.

The release:

The Little Rock Office of the Clinton Foundation today confirmed plans to renovate the Presidential Library lobby. The renovated lobby will house the Clinton Museum Store, which is now located at 610 President Clinton Avenue in downtown Little Rock. The Foundation owns the building at 610 President Clinton Avenue and is exploring options to lease portions of the building or to sell it. The Center will remain open and no school or tour groups will be affected during construction.

Currently, the Museum Store staff operates a small kiosk in the lobby. The new lobby store will combine the operations of both the Museum Store and the kiosk. The Museum Store will close by the end of the year; lobby renovations are scheduled to be completed in March 2016; the kiosk will continue to operate throughout the renovations.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance our visitor experience, and modernizing the lobby - which was built 11 years ago - will provide a number of opportunities to improve customer service,” said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation. “The renovation will allow for the consolidation of the Museum Store and the Kiosk, which will create a one–stop–shopping opportunity. Additionally, the new lobby design will include a new admissions desk area that will streamline the admission process."

Beginning January 2, 2016, the Center will increase ticket prices for the first time in its 11-year history, with an adult ticket price of $10. Discounted ticket prices for veterans, seniors, college students, and youth will also increase by $3. Active military and school groups will continue to receive free admission. Since its opening, more than 282,600 students have toured the Center free-of-charge. The Center will also continue to offer four free-admission days annually. 

Adult admission is currently $7. Prices for others will increase from $5 to $8.

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