A warehouse is a building for storage of goods, usually in industrial areas of cities and towns. They usually have loading docks to load and unload goods from trucks. Sometimes warehouses load and unload goods directly from railways, airports, or seaports. They often have cranes and forklifts for moving goods, which are usually placed on ISO standard pallets loaded into pallet racks.

A government warehouse is a warehouse owned or operated by a government, for such purposes as storage of goods that are passing through customs, storage of impounded property, or storage of supplies and equipment. Historically, the template is the Great Library of Alexandria, which held an extensive collection of written works but was repeatedly destroyed during the first millennium AD. The Vatican Secret Archives are to hold many secrets, such as unpublished records of the Knights Templar. Many prominent museums have extensive archives which often lay undisturbed for decades, such as the Cairo Museum in Egypt, which was found in 2002 to have 80,000 items - more than half the museum's collection - stored away in its vaults. Ford's Theatre was used as a government warehouse from 1893 to 1931. The Military Government Warehouse was used for storage of property seized by the United States Army on 1945-05-16 from a train in Werfen, Austria, the so-called "Gold Train". In the movie ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'', the Government Warehouse was the storage place of the Ark of the Covenant.

In conspiracy theories, urban legends, and many fictional stories, the '''government warehouse''' is a nondescript warehouse in which a government secretly keeps items hidden from the public. Often, conspirators in government agencies operate the warehouse and store items there. The exact locations of such warehouses are unknown and may have several locations. The British Government Warehouse, the Vatican Warehouse, the Sovie Government Warehouse, and the Japanese Government Warehouse may be part of a network of the original United States Government Warehouse, according to some conspiracy theorists. (Some sources have these as a subdivision in the original United States Government Warehouse.)

The warehouse is supposedly comprised of a secret organization whose members are sworn to secrecy and do not disclose their membership, location, nor the operations. The Government Warehouse allegedly contains everything that fell into government hands and was never seen again. The Government Warehouse also allegedly includes things that individuals claim exist but the Government has decided to hide away, such as suppressed inventions. It has been alleged to be located in a fish processing and packaging plant, United States Government surplus warehouse, and the World Trade Center.


  • Manufacturers warehouse
  • Importers warehouse
  • Exporters warehouse
  • Wholesaler warehouse
  • Transport warehouse
  • Customs warehouse

Contents of government warehouses

The government warehouse contents vary widely depending on the source, including the following categorized into the government of the warehouse:

Alleged or Fictional United States Contents

Alleged or Fictional British Contents

Alleged or Fictional Vatican Contents

Alleged or Fictional Soviet Contents

Alleged or Fictional Japanese Contents

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