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Smithsonian Awesomeness You Can't Have Because of the Federal Government Shutdown
By Brainy Bird
Whether you're a native Washingtonian or a D.C. tourist, it is hard to deny the magic of the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall and in Chinatown. I am not talking about the Smithsonian Institution as an institution, with every bureaucratic nuance that thrives there, but about the education and entertainment it brings to the general public at no cost, save for a fraction of your federal tax dollars. Of course, with the current federal government shutdown, enjoying the museums is not a choice right now. Or shall I say it is the choice of the GOP but it is not your choice as a flailing, helpless little individual. The Smithsonian's doors—like many of Washington's doors these days—are shut.
In case you're not frustrated enough, here are 10 awesome Smithsonian exhibits you're missing right now because of the shutdown:
1. “Leonardo da Vinci's Codex on the Flight of Birds” at the National Air & Space Museum
2. “Landscapes in Passing: Photographs by Steve Fitch, Robbert Flick, and Elaine Mayes” the American Art Museum
3. “Little Golden Books” at the American History Museum
4. “Grand Procession: Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection” at the American Indian Museum
5. “Korean Style in Japanese Ceramics” at the Freer Gallery
6. “Black Box: Gerco de Ruijter” at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
7. “Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry” at the Natural History Museum
8. “One Life: Martin Luther King, Jr.” at the Portrait Gallery
9. “A Measure of Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets” at the Renwick Gallery
10. “Perspectives: Rina Banerjee” at the Sackler Gallery
Don't feel left out. Remember that everyone else is missing out on these exhibits, too. Luckily, in preparation for the shutdown, the Smithsonian has changed many of its exhibit closing dates. Catch these shows when you (finally) can.