COVID-19 Updates


Occupancy limits for NARA staff and museum visitors have been lifted. All museums and research rooms are open to the public. The expansion of operations for each level is detailed in our Reentry and Post-Reentry Plan.

You can still explore our online research resources, exhibits, and educational resources and participate in our Citizen Archivist Missions.

  • Where possible, we are hosting public events and outreach activities online and through virtual meetings. We will be restarting in-person public programs, tours, school group visits, public meetings, external conferences, and facility rentals as long as the facility is not in an area of high transmission.
  • Follow the National Archives on Facebook (USNationalArchives) and on Twitter (@USNatArchives) for immediate updates.

Research Rooms and Museums

Research Rooms

All research rooms are open by appointment and without limits on days and hours of operation.

National Archives staff will continue to serve the public by responding to emailed requests for records and History Hub inquiries.


The National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, and Presidential Library museums are open without limits on occupancy or days and hours of operation. Continued operation relies on local public health metrics. Find out hours of operation on each museum's website.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requesters

You may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic.

Notice to Veterans

The National Personnel Records Center has resumed normal operations.


COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan

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We have sent the following memoranda to National Archives employees to describe plans and procedures for physically closing, and when possible as local conditions permit, reopening our facilities:

For additional communications to our workforce, including NARA Notices, Fact Sheets, and Social Distancing procedures, see the list in the FOIA area.


What the U.S. Government Is Doing

National Archives Social Media

Twitter: @USNatArchives