The National Mall and Memorial Parks in D.C. will resume normal operations Sunday, The National Park Service announced Saturday. The National Zoo will reopen on Tuesday, along with other Smithsonian museums affected by the partial government shutdown.
Typically bustling sidewalks near the Smithsonian’s National Zoo were eerily quiet Wednesday on the first day of the zoo’s closure due to the partial government shutdown. See photos.
Factor in a government shutdown that’s closed the doors of the city’s 17 world-class, free museums, plus the National Zoo, and you’ve got all the makings for some very low snow globe sales on the National Mall.
Walking along the National Mall, Bryan Alcaraz and Jacqueline Laurente-Alcaraz had big plans for their visit, including a stop at the Museum of African American History and Culture. That won’t be happening.
Though the partial government shutdown will likely affect Smithsonian sites, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and city tourism officials are highlighting the positives, pointing out the many private museums, galleries and other attractions that will remain open.
While the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will be open through New Year’s Day, things will change on Jan. 2 when those agencies also run out of money. Then, their doors will also close to tourists, locals and students on field trips.
On My Take, Clinton Yates praises the employees of the Smithsonian and National Gallery, who despite the shutdown, stayed open, giving tourists a classic Washington experience during the holidays.
There are fewer than 900 whooping cranes left on the planet, and 163 are kept in captivity — but researchers at the Smithsonian are hard at work to ensure the iconic species has a future in North America.
The Smithsonian’s African-American history museum will bring back timed passes in 2019. Here are the times when you would need one and times when you won’t.
The next time you’re grumbling about a slushy commute or freezing temperatures, just remember that Bei Bei is absolutely stoked he’s having a snow day. See video of the giant panda rolling around in the snow.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History “Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas” exhibit opens Nov. 9, and it reveals ancient, Cretaceous-era titans that lived off the coast of Angola in the South Atlantic Ocean. See photos.
A new member of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s endangered Eld’s deer has been added to the herd in Front Royal, Virginia.
The inaugural festival welcomes everyone from Barry Jenkins to Quincy Jones at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
A Louisiana university is giving the Smithsonian Institution a huge collection of crustaceans that has, among other things, been used to identify seafood mislabeled as coming from the Gulf of Mexico.
After an extensive restoration process, Judy Garland’s iconic Ruby Slippers return on display Friday at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
The three-part series "The making of Marion Barry" looks at how the future mayor got his start in the civil rights movement, how he became a power player in the city and his enduring legacy.