Beth Py-Lieberman fills us in at Smithsonian.Com. Here is a taste:
Smithsonian officials announced today that the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will not close in the event of a government-wide shutdown.
Over the holiday period, the museums will remain open as usual, except on Christmas Day, which is the only day of the year that the Smithsonian museums traditionally close. After January 1, officials plan to reevaluate the situation if the shutdown occurs.
The Smithsonian has 19 museums in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Most of the buildings open at 10 a.m. and close most evenings at 5:30 p.m. The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, located at 7th and G Streets, open at 11:30 and close daily at 7 p.m. The grounds of the National Zoo are open at 8 a.m. and visitors can still see the popular holiday Zoolights until 9 p.m. (Zoolights will be closed December 24, 25 and 31).
And the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which recently announced a new policy for its timed-entry passes, will be also open with extended evening hours from December 26-29.
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