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The Navy museums, which adjusted their hours as a result of the federal furlough, have returned to their normal operating hours. The Navy’s archives and Navy Department Library, located on the Washington Navy Yard, reopened Aug. 26.

Naval History and Heritage Command, which operates the Navy’s museums, library and archives, has also returned to normal public access hours, although access to many of its holdings remain limited due to ongoing remediation efforts.

In 2012, NHHC and Washington Navy Yard Public Works began a major archival storage facility renovation project for buildings 108 and 44, targeted for completion as early as 2014. The ongoing project will accommodate 12,000 cubic feet of paper, microform and digital media storage space with new environmental controls. Refurbishment of the archives spaces and mold decontamination started earlier this year, and will continue into next year.

For more information and to access the Navy museum web sites, please see http://www.history.navy.mil/museums/index.html. For the latest news on naval history, please see http://www.navy.mil/local/navhist/.