National Archives Building in Washington, DC, Closed Today
Press Release · Monday, July 8, 2019

Washington, DC

The National Archives Building and Museum in Washington, DC, is closed today due to electrical outages. The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights--along with all of the permanently valuable records stored in the building--are safe and not in any danger. All safety emergency equipment is up and working. Crews are on site working to restore the main power vault which was flooded via groundwater infiltration. The building's flood walls deployed and worked. We will provide status updates on as they become available. 


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