Smithsonian, Other Museums Closing Again For Safety

The Smithsonians National Museum of the American Indian will close as of Monday, November 23rd since of the increase in COVID-19 cases.

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The Smithsonians National Museum of the American Indian will close since Monday, November 23rd due to the fact that of the increase in COVID-19 cases.

Matailong Du/Smithsonian Institution

The current rise in COVID-19 cases has actually resulted in cultural organizations around the country closing, some just a few months after resuming to the public. Today, the Smithsonian announced that 7 museums and the National Zoo will close starting Monday, November 23rd due to the rise in positive cases both in the Washington, D.C. region and nationally. Thanksgiving weekend is generally one of the Smithsonians busiest times of year.

In a statement today, the Smithsonian states it will “utilize this time to reassess, display and check out extra risk-mitigation procedures.” A resuming date has actually not been revealed, the declaration says, since of “the altering nature of the situation.” A spokesperson informs NPR they will likely remain closed through the winter season holidays.

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has actually resulted in cultural institutions around the nation closing, some just a couple of months after reopening to the public. Today, the Smithsonian announced that 7 museums and the National Zoo will close starting Monday, November 23rd due to the rise in favorable cases both in the Washington, D.C. area and nationally.

Other re-closings revealed this week include The National Gallery of Art in D.C., The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Chicagos Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Arts and cultural companies throughout the country are already in alarming straits. According to a report released by the American Alliance of Museums this week, “museums are losing millions while operating on slim reserves, leaving about one-third of all organizations at danger of irreversible closure.”