Visitor numbers down at Smithsonian due to closure

June 24, 2014 12:41 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Smithsonian officials say visitation is down at the museum complex this year due to the government shutdown and closures due to winter weather.

Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough (cluff) said Monday that visitation is down by about 2 million visitors since the fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2013. He says about half of the decline is due to the federal government shutdown last October.

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