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National Parks, Zoo to reopen after shutdown

7:22 AM, Oct 17, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Tourism sites around Washington are preparing to welcome visitors again as the 16-day partial government shutdown ends.

Some sites plan to open to visitors Thursday, just hours after a deal was struck to reopen the government. Others will open to the public in coming days.

Barriers that surrounded National Park Service memorials and monuments during the shutdown are being removed Thursday morning.

The U.S. Capitol's visitor's center will open Thursday with tours. The Smithsonian says its museums will open at 10 a.m. Thursday. The National Zoo's beloved panda cam is expected to be back online Thursday, but the zoo itself won't open until Friday.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will reopen Thursday, but the National Gallery of Art, including the Sculpture Garden, won't open for visitors until Saturday.

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