WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNS) -- The Navy will close the museums it operates, to absorb reductions resulting from the announced federal furlough, one day a week beginning the week of July 8 until further notice.
The following Navy museums will alter their schedules by closing on Mondays:
- National Museum of the U.S. Navy (Washington, D.C.)
- National Naval Aviation Museum (Pensacola, Fla.)
- Great Lakes Naval Museum (Great Lakes, Ill.)
- Hampton Roads Naval Museum (Norfolk, Va.)
- U.S. Submarine Force Museum and HS NAUTILUS (Groton, Conn.)
- U.S. Navy Seabee Museum (Port Hueneme, Calif.)
- Naval Museum Northwest (Naval Undersea Museum (Keyport, Wash.)
- U.S. Naval War College Museum (Newport, R.I.)
- U.S. Naval Academy Museum (Annapolis, Md.)
The Naval Museum Northwest (Puget Sound Naval Museum, Bremerton, Wash.) will alter their schedule by closing on Fridays.
The Navy museums plan to otherwise continue their normal business operations on weekends and holidays during the furlough period, except Labor Day because it falls on a Monday. Before planning to visit, please check museum hours before arriving.
The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), which operates the Navy's museums, will close on Mondays during the furlough as well. The headquarters had previously closed the archives to general visiting.
For more information and to access the Navy museum web sites, please see http://www.history.navy.mil/museums/index.html .
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