Tourists Find Sites Barricaded On National Mall
Museums and attractions planning to stay open include the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Newseum, the International Spy Museum, National Geographic Museum, National Building Museum, The Phillips Collection and others.
Rebecca White, 35, and her husband Kevin White, 39, of Rochester, NY, were honeymooning in Washington on Tuesday and arrived at the American history museum only to find it closed. They said they were disappointed but would go to the Newseum or the International Spy Museum instead, two museums that aren't run by the government.
"We knew what was going on, but we didn't know this would be the result," Kevin White said of the museum's closed doors, which had printed signs reading "All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are closed today due to the government shutdown."
Some federal arts facilities pay for their programs with private funds, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Ford's Theatre, the site where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. While both sites were closed to daytime visitors, the theaters will open for evening performances.___ Follow Brett Zongker at https://twitter.com/DCArtBeat and Jessica Gresko at https://twitter.com/jessicagresko .
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