National Parks


Tue October 1, 2013
Arts & Life

Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:38 pm

Shutdown signs have been posted at the National Museum of American History and other Smithsonian Institution museums, which will remain closed as long as the government is.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Federal bureaucracies aren't the only ones scaling back operations during the government shutdown. It's also meant that kids couldn't take field trips to the Smithsonian.

In fact most of the popular Washington attractions funded by the government are closed. That includes the Smithsonian's 19 museums and the National Zoo, plus Ford's Theatre and the National Gallery of Art.

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Tue October 1, 2013
The Two-Way

What Shutdown? WWII Vets Ignore Barricades To See Memorial

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 1:16 pm

A World War II veteran visits the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Tuesday.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images


Fri July 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Lincoln Memorial Closed After Being Splattered With Paint

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 11:38 am

A police officer stands near the statue of the 16th president at the Lincoln Memorial, which was splattered with paint Friday morning.

"The chamber of the Lincoln Memorial is shut down Friday morning because of vandalism. U.S. Park Police tell WTOP the Lincoln statue and the floor inside the memorial was splattered with green paint," the radio station reported. "They think the vandalism occurred at about 1:30 a.m."

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Sat July 20, 2013

One Small Step For Man, One Giant Lunar Park For The U.S.?

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 4:50 pm

The moon, seen from the International Space Station, on July 31.

Can astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's "giant leap for mankind" be permanently preserved? Two House Democrats want to do just that: They proposed a bill to create a national historic park for the Apollo 11 mission — on the moon. The legislation would designate a park on the moon to honor that first mission, as well as preserve artifacts from other lunar missions

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Thu July 4, 2013