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As local public health metrics allow, research rooms will open on a limited basis and by appointment only. You must have a virtual consultation before the on-site visit. Staff at all locations will continue to respond to emailed requests for records. Further information is on this Frequently Asked Questions page. 
The National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, and Presidential Library museums are open with limited capacity. 
Reopenings and operations will rely on local public health metrics. Check the specific facility page for updates. More information about the National Archives’ response to coronavirus can be found at archives.gov/coronavirus​.
2021 Federal Holidays and Research Room Closings
National Archives research rooms are closed or close early on the days listed below. Normal hours will resume the following business day. You can access some NARA holdings online.
See our nationwide network of facilities to check research room hours at each location.
The Museum at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is open every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
DateHoliday
Friday, January 1New Year’s Day
Monday, January 18Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wednesday, January 20Inauguration Day
Monday, February 15Washington’s Birthday*
Monday, May 31Memorial Day
Monday, July 5Independence Day Observed
Monday, September 6Labor Day
Monday, October 11Columbus Day
Thursday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 25Thanksgiving Day
Friday, December 24Christmas Day Observed
* This holiday is designated as "Washington's Birthday." Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is Federal policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.
**In-Service Day devoted to staff training and project work for the agency in our Research Facilities. If you have questions or concerns about this closure, please contact a Research Room supervisor.
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