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Smithsonian slashes museum hours due to staffing shortages due to COVID – NBC4 Washington

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Select Smithsonian museums in the DC area and the National Zoo will operate on modified hours beginning Tuesday and until further notice due to the effect of the pandemic on staff, the institution announced Monday.

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and the Smithsonian Institution Building, known as “The Castle,” will remain open seven days a week, while the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be open to the public five days a week, the Smithsonian said.

The National Zoo and other area museums, including the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, the Renwick Gallery, the Hirshhorn and the Museum of the American Indian, will operate Thursday through Sunday.

The National Air and Space Museum, the National Postal Museum and the Anacostia Community Museum will remain closed.

You can find the full museum hours here.

“This newly modified schedule reflects the continued need to scale back operations due to ongoing staffing shortages while meeting the needs of the public by opening more museums on weekends,” the Smithsonian said in a statement.

Some museum entrances and exhibition spaces may also be closed during this time.

The Smithsonian originally announced a modified schedule of Jan. 5-17, but after evaluating operations and staffing needs over those two weeks, management decided to extend the changes, the institution said.

The use of masks is required in all interior areas Smithsonian sites for visitors 2 years and older, regardless of their vaccination status.