Truman Presidential Library and Museum Closed Due to Public Health Conditions

by Team Truman

Dear Friends,

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or saw the news announcements, you know that on Monday, July 26, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) ordered the closure of its Greater Kansas City facilities, including the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum.

NARA's decision to close the just-opened Museum was based on local COVID-19 metrics. The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases and the positivity rate in this area both currently exceed the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) definition of "high transmission," which is more than 99 new cases per 100,000 and a positivity rate of more than 9.9 percent.

We could not have predicted that, just one month after celebrating the opening of the completely transformed Truman Library, we would find ourselves facing another public health crisis and another temporary closure of the Museum.

We could, however, have predicted the Truman community’s response to such an unexpected turn of events. Responses to the news on social media included: "Smart call.”

“Courageous decision.” “We’re standing with you and will be there when it’s safe to open.”

Truman has always been surrounded by good friends.

We'll keep you informed on any updates regarding the Museum.