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Budget Cuts Hit the Smithsonian

The museum will close galleries due to less security personnel


smithsonianTourists hoping to see new and interesting exhibits at one of Washington, D.C.’s world-class museums had better hurry.

On Tuesday, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution warned Congress that the museum will soon start closing some galleries due to sequester-mandated budget cuts. The gallery closures, which will be shifted on a periodic basis, are scheduled to begin next month, the Associated Press noted.

Sequester-related federal spending cuts have slashed the Smithsonian’s annual budget by $41 million. The venerable institution has been forced to reduce the amount of security it can provide for gallery visitors, leading to the gallery closures.

In a written statement, the secretary also revealed that a number of exhibits planned for next year and 2015 will also have to be delayed or scuttled.

Last week, the U.S. Navy announced that it would have to halt air show appearances of its famed Blue Angels for the rest of this year due to sequester spending cuts.

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