The has announced a $13.5 million gift from David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group, to enhance and expand the museum offerings at the in Washington, D.C.
Rubenstein's gift, the single largest to the foundation to date, will be combined with congressional appropriations and additional funds raised by the foundation to help create a new permanent exhibition gallery and visitor orientation plaza, both scheduled to be completed in 2013.
The David M. Rubenstein Gallery will showcase original documents that chronicle the expansion of rights across the centuries and add context for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. It will also feature a copy of the 1297 version of the Magna Carta, currently on loan from Rubenstein.
"[David Rubenstein's] generosity will enable the foundation to build upon its already strong public-private partnership with the National Archives," said foundation chair and president Ken Lore. "This gift is critical in offering visitors the opportunity to explore the story of America through the records that tell of the ongoing struggles and triumphs in perfecting our democracy."