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2018 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 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.

Date Holiday
Monday, January 1 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 15 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 19 Washington’s Birthday*
Wednesday, April 11 Research Room Stand-Down Day**
Monday, May 28 Memorial Day
Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 3 Labor Day
Wednesday, September 12 Research Room Stand-Down Day**
Monday, October 8 Columbus Day
Monday, November 12 Veterans Day***
Wednesday, November 21, 12 p.m. Research Rooms close early for Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Day
Monday, December 24, 12 p.m. Research Rooms close early for Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day
Monday, December 31, 12 p.m. Research Rooms close early for New Year’s Day

* 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.

**Day devoted to staff training and project work for the agency.

If you have questions or concerns about these closures, please contact Britney Crawford at 301-837-3070 or email

*** November 11, 2018 (the legal public holiday for Veterans Day), falls on a Sunday. Our offices and research facilities will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.