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Smithsonian to close galleries due to budget cuts

By Brett Zongker

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:40 a.m. HST, Apr 16, 2013

WASHINGTON » Budget cuts from Congress will soon reduce the number of free exhibitions on view each day at the Smithsonian Institution and will furlough U.S. Park Police officers who guard the nation's monuments.

Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough (CLUFF) testified today in Congress that the museum complex must reduce its security contract for gallery attendants because of budget cuts. As a result, the Smithsonian plans to begin rolling gallery closures after May 1.

Clough says the Smithsonian will likely postpone or cancel some exhibits for 2014.

The Smithsonian had to reduce its budget by $41 million due to across-the-board cuts imposed by Congress. Separately, the National Archives saw a $20 million cut and already reduced its operating hours.

The National Park Service is making $153 million in cuts, leading to police furloughs.

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Anonymous wrote:
Thank you Republicans.
on April 16,2013 | 07:54AM
false wrote:
Bush Derangement Syndrome. Exhibit 1.
on April 16,2013 | 09:49AM
Allenk wrote:
So not only has sequestration affected our cultural entities, but it will also affect our national park security. Well folks there is still time to re-route your summer vacations to Las Vegas.
on April 16,2013 | 09:16AM
Maipono wrote:
Thank you president Obama for thinking up the sequester and signing the it into law, then refusing to sign the amendment allowing him manage the sequester in a responsible manner.
on April 16,2013 | 09:52AM
cojef wrote:
A breath of fresh air to be reading an opposing view. Look at the negatives above.
on April 16,2013 | 11:19AM
rayhawaii wrote:
Charge $5.00 per person. I've been to most DC museums with the family and surprised they were free. I was thinking $18.00 for adults. Huge and fantastic and FREE. Wouldn't mind paying $5.00.
on April 16,2013 | 11:29AM
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