Government Shutdown Cost Smithsonian Nearly $3 Million

Government Shutdown Cost Smithsonian Nearly $3 Million:

WASHINGTON, DC— “The recent sixteen-day federal government shutdown cost the Smithsonian museums an estimated $2.8 million in lost ticket sales, reports Julia Halperin of the Art Newspaper. Around 800,000 visitors could not access the nineteen museums and the National Zoo from October 1 through 16, resulting in loss of revenue from the institution’s cafeterias, gift shops, and theaters. The estimate was based on the 400,000 visitors who attended the museums the week before the shutdown. The bipartisan Senate agreement that was struck last week will provide back pay for all furloughed federal workers, including 3,512 Smithsonian employees.”

(Via Art & Education » News.)