Here is what might temporarily close in New York City if the government shuts down

Posted On Fri, January 19, 2018 By

Posted On Fri, January 19, 2018 By In City Living, Policy

Federal Hall, photo courtesy of Wikimedia

If you’re an out-of-towner planning a classic, tourist-attraction-filled trip to New York City soon, you may want to rethink your visit. The U.S. government might be headed toward a shutdown, with its funding set to expire by midnight Friday. Although it’s not totally clear yet what will be affected in NYC, the last government shutdown in 2013, which lasted 16 days, temporarily closed national parks and a few federally-funded museums citywide. While there’s a chance the national parks and museums might choose to stay open, ahead find which ones might be affected in the event of a government shutdown.

American Museum of the American Indian, photo courtesy of NYC & Company

Statue of Liberty, photo courtesy of NPS

The following list is tentative and depends on whether the government shuts down and then how the National Park Service and museums decide to proceed. If the government does freeze its funding, be sure to check with the NPS and the website of each before planning your visit.

1. National Museum of American Indian

2. Federal Hall

3. African Burial Ground

4. Alexander Hamilton Grange National Memorial

5. Lower East Side Tenement Museum

6. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

7. General Grant Memorial 

8. Gateway

9. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

10. Teddy Roosevelt Birthplace


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