The Smithsonian Institution founded in 1846; after, a British scientist, John Smithson, bequeathed it to the American People, "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Until a Washington D.C. political drama created a government shutdown.
The Smithsonian Complex or nucleus D.C. museums are located on the national mall with 19 museums and galleries, 9 research centers, a zoo on Connecticut avenue and endless historical sites and architectural landmarks, with more than 116 affiliate museums spread across the United States.
Meanwhile a quote from the senate side, "I hope that our talking is some solace to the American people," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said on Saturday after discussions with Republican Senate leaders. "This should be seen as something positive, even though we don't have anything done yet." This was a really good example of political double speak.
However, the fact remains after 13 days we do not have a solution in sight just yet for any type of compromise.
When President Clinton was faced with a shutdown, he did not shut down any of the Smithsonian Museums nor outdoor monuments. Especially, he did not close down any National Cemeteries forbid a proper burial for any of our fallen soldiers or keeping their families from saying their last goodbyes.
It is now time to resolve this terrible impass to include the debt ceiling. All of the below museums are closed and countless fieldtrips and educational programs that they sponsor are being cancelled daily.
• Anacostia Community Museum – an “African-American Community study.”
• Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - a collection of American and Asian Art
• Arts and Industries Building – (to reopen summer 2014) shut 10 years
• Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum–commercial design / fashion
• Freer Gallery of Art – a world class Asian art collection
• Hirshhorn Museum with an outdoor Sculpture Garden–modern and contemporary art
• National Air and Space Museum, D.C – a history of aviation / space flight
• National Air and Space Museum - Udvar-Hazy Center,–flyable aircrafts
• National Museum of African Art – collection, research and exhibition of African art
• National Museum of American History –society, wars, science, culture & style
• National Museum of Natural History - dinosaur bones, whale, stuffed birds/wild animals in habitat
• National Museum of the American Indian-DC –history of indigenous people of the United States
• National Museum of the American Indian – George Heye Center – NYC and most items were purchased from tribes
• National Portrait Gallery – portraits of presidents, generals, Indian chiefs, inventors, authors
• National Postal Museum- Interactive museum of postal history, collections and collecting
• National Zoological Park– more than 400 live animal species in a 163-acre park
• Renwick Gallery –arts and crafts created by various types of Americans across the U.S.
• Ripley Center–Discovery Theater –performing arts for young children, puppets, storytellin
• Smithsonian American Art Museum- features exclusively American art, portraits, crafts, and artists
• Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle – Smithsonian information center and gardens
• Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture – (to be opened in 2015).
The Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum in the world, and most of the above National Smithsonian Museums are located in Washington DC. There are three exceptions, they are “Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum” and Museum of American Indian - Heye Center both in NYC, and The National Air and Space in Chantilly, Va.
The Smithsonian museums convey the American story, and they are all normally opened everyday, except for Christmas day.