Smithsonian to temporarily close 4 museums

Four Smithsonian museums in D.C. will be closed Wednesday through Monday to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 infections among staff.

The National Museum of African Art, the National Postal Museum, the Anacostia Community Museum and the National Museum of Asian Art (Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery) will be closed.

“Over the last few days, the Smithsonian has seen an increase in positive covid cases and associated quarantine periods among our essential and operational staff,” the institution said in a news release.

The closure of the four museums will allow for the reallocation of staff and keep other museums open for the remainder of the week, the Smithsonian said.


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Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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