All the Smithsonian Museums are closed due to the government shutdown... What a fraud. We should call on everyone to stop donating to the Smithsonian.
Yes, it gets a substantial amount of funding from the federal government.
But it also got nearly $150 million last year from other sources and had a surplus last year of not much less than that.
In addition, it has an endowment of nearly a billion dollars.
I guess the Smithsonian management couldn't figure out a way to stay open a few days.