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Government Shutdown Information

Despite a partial government shutdown, DC still brims with exciting activities


UPDATE: Check out our #DCisOpen infographic to see all there is to do during the shutdown in Washington, DC.

Even though Washington, DC is experiencing a partial government shutdown, many of the city’s most popular attractions, such as the International Spy Museum and Newseum, continue to be open for business. Below, please find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the impact of the partial government shutdown.

Many area attractions, tours and restaurants are also offering deals and discounts throughout the government shutdown.

Q. When will the closed museums and attractions reopen?
Closures would begin on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and continue until a resolution has been reached. There is no legal limit on the length of time such a shutdown might last.

Q. Is Metro running?
Yes, Metrorail and Metrobus service will not be interrupted. The Circulator’s daily bus service also will not be interrupted.

Q: What are some examples of things to do during a shutdown?
Art: Instead of visiting the National Gallery of Art, visitors can see masterpieces at the Phillips Collection; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, and the Kreeger Museum.

History: As an alternative to the National Museum of American History, visitors can get a hands-on history lesson at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens; the Newseum; Tudor Place Historic House & Garden and the International Spy Museum.

Science: With the National Air and Space Museum closed due to the shutdown, visitors can find engaging science exhibits at the Koshland Science Museum; the National Geographic Museum; and the Crime Museum.

Tours: Instead of a tour on the U.S. Capitol, you can take an exciting city tour with Big Bus Tours, Bike and Roll and City Segway Tours of Washington, DC. And Cultural Tourism’s Arts4All DC festival, including WalkingTown DC neighborhood tours, is set to continue this weekend as expected.

Theater: DC’s excellent theater scene is in full swing. Catch a performance of "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Kennedy Center (through Oct. 6) or sneak a peek at the "Velocity of Autumn" at Arena Stage (through Oct. 20) before it heads to Broadway.

Restaurants: Besides federally located cafeterias and kitchens, citywide dining operations will remain unaffected by a shutdown. With nice weather expected, there’s still time to enjoy alfresco dining in DC.

Q: Which museums, monuments and attractions remain open?

Washington, DC is a city rich in museums, monuments, attractions, theaters, restaurants and clubs. The vast majority of exciting things to do in DC will remain accessible. Below is a list of sites that will remain open:

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Anderson House – The Society of the Cincinnati
Arena Stage
Arlington National Cemetery
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Big Bus
Bike and Roll   
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
City Segway Tours of Washington, DC
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Crime Museum
DAR Constitution Hall, DAR Library and DAR Museum
DC by Foot
Dumbarton House
Dumbarton Oaks
Embassy Row
Entertainment Cruises
Folger Shakespeare Library
(Ford's Theatre) Center for Education & Leadership and walking tour "Investigation: Detective McDevitt"
Franciscan Monastery

German-American Heritage Museum
Howard Theatre
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
International Spy Museum
KC Cafe and Roof Terrace Restaurant
Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
Long View Gallery
Kreeger Museum
Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.
Marian Koshland Science Museum
Mary McLeod Bethune Statue Lincoln Park
Monuments by Moonlight by Old Town Trolley
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens
National Building Museum
National Geographic Museum
National Museum of Women and the Arts
National Theatre
Nationals Park
Old Post Office Pavilion
Old Town Trolley Tours
Phillips Collection
Potomac Riverboat Company (with the exception of National Mall Water Taxi)
President Lincoln’s Cottage
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Shakespeare Theatre Company
The Supreme Court of the United States
Textile Museum
Tudor Place House & Garden
Union Station
Verizon Center
Washington, DC Big Bus Tours
Washington Design Center
Washington National Cathedral
Washington Walks
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Q: Which museums, monuments and attractions are closed due to the shutdown?

Anacostia Community Museum (Smithsonian Institution)
Arlington House
Capitol Visitor Center & U.S. Capitol
C&O Canal National Park
DC Ducks
Ford's Theatre, Museum and Peterson House
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden (Smithsonian Institution)
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Library of Congress
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
National Air and Space Museum (Smithsonian Institution)
National Arboretum
National Archives
National Gallery of Art
National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian Institution)
National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institution)
National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution)
National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution)
National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution)
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
National Postal Museum (Smithsonian Institution)
National Zoological Park (Smithsonian Institution)
Old Post Office Tower Tours
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Smithsonian Institution)
Rock Creek Park
Smithsonian American Art Museum (Smithsonian Institution)
Smithsonian Institution Information Center in the Castle (Smithsonian Institution)
U.S. Holocaust Museum
White House Visitor Center
National Mall Monuments & Memorials (National Park Service)