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Mar 23rd, 2013, 05:35 AM
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Okay, Smithsonian Question.

Will the Smithsonian museums be closed due to the cuts that may take effect on April 1st? I say it's run by donation and volunteers. Rick says the government does the operations such as maintenance. I can't find info on the subject. Thanks.

Can't wait! One week to go!
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Mar 23rd, 2013, 06:02 AM
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The Federal Government runs all aspects of the Smithsonian. No closings have been announced, in fact the most popular of the museums go to extended hours this week in anticipation of larger crowds visiting DC. They are taking a $40M hit to their budget this year and have said they will delay maintenance, stop planned construction and institute a hiring freeze.
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Mar 23rd, 2013, 06:08 AM
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>>I say it's run by donation and volunteers.<<

Ha. Only if you consider your tax dollars to be a donation. Personally I consider it money well spent! Hope you enjoy your trip!
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Mar 23rd, 2013, 12:32 PM
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Thanks Obxgirl. I definitely think it's money well spent. It's just a little concerning because the museums are what our trip is all about.
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