Somewhere, fourth-graders that were counting down to a National Zoo or Smithsonian field trip this week are confused and sad. Of course, their teacher simply has to explain that there’s a government shutdown — I’m sure they’ll understand.
Of course, this doesn’t just affect field trippers, but also tourists and travelers.
All of them will miss out on the Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, Great Smoky Mountains, Statue of Liberty, Lincoln Memorial, Ellis Island, Independence Hall and more, which are all closed to the public starting today, along with national battle monuments and parks. Even the National Zoo is shut down — which means its adorable and awesome panda cam is cut off, too.
Meanwhile, NASA is no longer giving tours or public access to its facilities, as 97% of its employees are furloughed.
And Yosemite National Park is closed — on the park’s 123rd birthday.