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Hello, Pandas! Most Smithsonians, National Zoo Back Open After Government Shutdown



    DC Zoo, Smithsonian Museums Reopen After Shutdown

    The Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are back open, and the animals might even have missed us. "Some of our more intelligent animals, like our great apes and our elephants, they do notice when the visitors are there and when they're not there," director Steven Monfort said. News4's Derrick Ward reports.


    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Many spots reopened to the public Tuesday at their regularly scheduled times

    • However, the Renwick Gallery won't reopen until Saturday

    Some of the most popular spots in D.C. that were closed during the partial government shutdown have opened their doors again.

    The National Zoo, the National Gallery of Art and most of the Smithsonian museums are among the sites that began welcoming visitors again Tuesday morning. For tourists and locals, that's welcome news.

    "My daughter is extremely excited," said D.C. resident George Bowker. "She's been waiting for weeks because she's been wanting to go to the Museum of Natural History in particular to go see the big elephant they have right in the entryway."

    The National Archives also reopened Tuesday, and the National Zoo's panda cam is again livestreaming.

    There's at least one outlier to all those reopenings, though. The Renwick Gallery won't reopen until Saturday.

    Meanwhile, some other spots around the D.C. area were already back to regular operations.

    The National Mall, although it did have some bathrooms open during the shutdown, resumed full operations on Sunday, and the Kennedy Center is again operating on its normal hours. Most of Ford's Theatre's historic site — the theater and museum — reopened Sunday, although the Petersen House remains closed for preservation work.

    See a full list of what's open and what's still closed in the D.C. area here.

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