NPS Sites, Museums Affected by Shutdown

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Glen Echo Park will remain open during the partial government shutdown. Courtesy Preservation Maryland.

UPDATE 12/31/18: The National Gallery of Art is always closed on Jan. 1. It will be open on Wednesday, Jan. 2, then will be closed until further notice if the shutdown continues. The Smithsonian museums (including the National Zoo) are always open on Jan. 1. However, they will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 2, until further notice if the shutdown continues.

For the duration of the partial federal government shutdown, some National Park Service sites in the Washington, D.C., area are closed to the public (see below). At open-air memorials and green spaces that remain accessible, visitor centers, food kiosks and restrooms are unavailable, with the exception of facilities operated by third parties, and education programs are canceled.

Portable restrooms have been provided at the Washington Monument, the Lincoln, Jefferson and World War II Memorials and West Potomac Park.

The Park Service cautions that entry onto NPS property during the shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk.

NPS areas and sites closed during the shutdown include: Arlington House, the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, the Clara Barton National Historic Site, Daingerfield Island restaurant, Triple Craft, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (performances in the theater will continue as scheduled), Fort Marcy, the Fort Washington Park entrance road and visitor center and the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Also closed are: the Great Falls entrance road and visitor center in Maryland, the Old Post Office Tower, Olmsted Island/Great Falls Overlook in Maryland, the Great Falls entrance road and visitor center in Virginia, Hains Point, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site. Oxon Hill Farm, Peirce Mill, Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, Rock Creek golf course, Turkey Run Park gated areas, the Washington Monument and the White House Visitor Center.

Remaining open are: the East Potomac and Langston golf courses, the East Potomac and Rock Creek tennis centers, the Canal Quarters Program, Glen Echo Park, the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery and all marinas on NPS land in the D.C. metro area.

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