With day 2 of the federal government shutdown in full force, here are some alternatives for tourists in the D.C. area. Understandably you came to D.C. for the free museums, however, there are a number of very popular museums open if you are willing to pay the admission fee. The Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue contains 15 galleries, including an interactive news studio and pieces of the original Berlin Wall. For pet lovers, don’t forget to visit the "First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets" exhibit.
For fans of true crime, visit The Crime Museum on 7th Street. There are some discounted ticket prices
if you order online. The Kids and Families link on their web page gives you some ideas about how to get the most from your visit.
If you always wanted to have your picture taken with George Washington or Harry Truman, head on over to Madame Tussauds. In addition to the Presidential Gallery, there are wax celebrities, sports figures and a special Civil Rights room. Madame Tussauds also has a Two Attraction pass on their website for both the wax museum and The Crime Museum.
Just remember, DC is beautiful at night, and it’s a great way to view the monuments
and memorials in a different light! There are a number of tour operators that offer evening bus tours, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Enjoy your visit. Hopefully the
government will be back in business soon.