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Cutbacks Have Smithsonian Down, But Not Out
"A reduction in a contract for security that supplements the Smithsonian security force affects some museums. The safety and security of the public and our collections will not be compromised," said a notice on the Smithsonian website.
While no major exhibitions will be closed, the commons in the Smithsonian Castle, one room in the African Mosaic exhibit and sections of the permanent collection galleries in the Hirshhorn Museum will be unavailable for a short time.
On a positive note, the Smithsonian, a top budget travel destination, has a number of new exhibits underway of particular interest to fans of space travel that are unaffected.
Featured, fully-open exhibits at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., also include "Time and Navigation," "Moving Beyond Earth," "Fifty Years of Human Space Flight," "Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight," and "The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age."
This video has more on how budget cuts are affecting the Smithsonian:
[Photo credit - Flickr user The Uprooted Photographer]