Smithsonian museums, National Zoo to temporarily close amid rise in coronavirus cases

All Smithsonian facilities in Washington, D.C., will close to the public “due to rising regional and national cases” of COVID-19 cases, the Smithsonian Institution announced Thursday.The announcement marks the second time in just over six months that the institution is shutting down operations.The closure will come into effect on Monday, and it will impact the institution’s seven museums — the National Portrait Gallery, the Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of African Am…

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