American Art and Pandas Return to the People!

Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 8.04.50 AMSmithsonian Institution’s 19 museums and galleries will reopen today. The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden updated its website only moments ago; its public reopening has been moved up from Saturday to today.

Screenshot taken shortly before the shutdown (Credit: Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET)

Screenshot taken shortly before the shutdown (Credit: Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET)

The National Zoo will not open until tomorrow, although its beloved Pandacam is expected to go live this afternoon. The online arts journal Art F City, which has been streaming its own version of the Pandacam since the government shutdown, made a recent appeal for congressional action, adding to the plea: “And we’re getting sick of dressing like pandas every day.”

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