Thursday 7 Apr, 2011

Sites Affected by Potential Government Shutdown


EF Explore America is keeping a close watch on the potential government shutdown. With our colleagues at the Smithsonian Institution we are prepared for the possibility. While some sites would be closed, there are plenty of exciting ways to explore Washington, D.C., and other great American cities!

We are in close contact with our representatives at numerous sites to keep this list current. Please check back often. This list represents our current information as of 10:00 a.m. EST on April 8.

Washington, D.C. sites

  • Arlington National Cemetery: Not affected, wreath-laying ceremonies will still take place
  • Cold Harbor Battle Site Washington: Closed
  • Embassy Row: Not affected
  • Ford’s Theatre & Petersen’s Home: Closed   
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum Permanent Exhibit: Closed
  • Holocaust Museum Daniel’s Story: Not affected          
  • Jefferson Memorial: TBD; photo stop available
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial: Not affected
  • Legends of Alexandria Tour: Not affected          
  • Library of Congress: Closed
  • Lincoln Memorial: TBD; photo stop available
  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum: Not affected
  • Mt. Vernon: Not affected
  • National Archives: Closed
  • National Zoo: Closed
  • Newseum: Not affected          
  • Roosevelt Memorial: Not affected         
  • Smithsonian Museums: Closed
  • Spy Museum: Not affected          
  • Supreme Court: Closed
  • The US Capitol Building Tour & Visitor’s Center: Closed
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Not affected
  • Washington Cathedral: Not affected          
  • Washington Monument: Closed to go to top, viewing is unaffected
  • White House Visitor’s Center: Closed

Williamsburg sites

  • Busch Gardens: Not affected
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Not affected
  • Governor’s Palace: Not affected          
  • Jamestown Historic Park and Glasshouse: Closed
  • Yorktown Battlefield & Visitor Center: Closed
  • Jamestown Settlement: Not affected          
  • Yorktown Victory Center: Not affected          
  • Shirley Plantation: Not affected
  • Museum of the Confederacy and tour of the Confederate White House: Closed


Richmond sites

  • Richmond National Battlefield Park/Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works: Not affected
  • Richmond Ghost Tours: Closed
  • Independence Hall (outside visit): Not affected          


Philadelphia sites

  • Independence National Historic Park: Closed – this includes Independence Hall, the Visitor Center and Liberty Bell
  • National Constitution Center: Closed
  • Philadelphia Ghost Tour: Not affected


Other cities

  • Bull Run and Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas: Closed
  • Ash Lawn-Highland, Charlottesville: Not affected
  • Monticello, Charlottesville: Not affected        
  • Gettysburg Visitor Center, Museum and Cyclorama: Buildings will remain open to view films; however, the grounds and guides are TBD
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City: Closed