Smithsonian museums reopen Thursday

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With the government shutdown officially over, the Smithsonian museums will reopen to visitors Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks. The National Zoo, also administered by the Smithsonian, will unlock its gates on Friday.

The Smithsonian made the announcement via its Twitter account early Thursday morning, the first activity on the account since the government shutdown began Oct. 1. The National Zoo's ever-popular Pandacam, turned off during the shutdown, is also expected to return sometime during the day on Thursday.

The United States Holocaust Memorial  Museum, which is not part of the Smithsonian but still closed during the shutdown because of its heavy reliance on federal approrpriations, also announced on Twitter that it will reopen Thursday morning.

The National Gallery of Art, including the Sculpture Garden, will not open for visitors until this coming Saturday, Oct. 19.

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