Notice to General Public and Reagan LIbrary Researchers on Closures


We're sorry. Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum will be closed to the public beginning March 14th until further notice. We will continue to respond to written reference requests at Please check our website, or  for updates on our operating hours and status.

All public events at the Reagan Library facilities are cancelled until further notice. Where possible, we will conduct public events and outreach activities online and through virtual meetings. For online education information, please see our educational resources.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requestors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus)

RESEARCHERS: Please see a "Letter to Researchers" from the Archivist of the United States for a further update.



Facts about the USS Ronald Reagan

Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier
Authorized in 1995 (on plaque)
Construction began in late 1996 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. in Newport News VA.
Christening date:  March 4, 2001  (Reagan’s 49th wedding anniversary)
Expected commissioning date:  December 2002 (on plaque)
Nine Nimitz class carriers in service, seven named after Presidents: Washington, Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Reagan.  The other two are named after John C. Stennis and Carl Vinson.  The USS George H.W. Bush is under construction.

Information from vertical file Library chron post-pres 1996 and plaque on model