Air and Space Museum opens doors for thousands of tourists despite snow

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Students are in Washington from all over the world – Texas, Florida, Illinois, and even France.

We flew from Anacee – near the Alps!” said Rebeca Plantier.

And they all came in to the city on Monday to take in what is arguably D.C.’s main attraction – the memorials.

“We were going to be at Arlington this morning, and then the Washington National Cathedral,” said Bill Reilly from Columbia, Illinois.”

But it seems that Mother Nature had other plans, so thousands of tourists had to get tough.

“We took a bus, a charter bus that was actually going somewhere else – but we asked them if we could catch a ride and get to one of the metro stations because we knew the rails were working,” explained Amanda Day from the Alquin School in Dallas, Texas.

“Got out of the subway and found out that all the Smithsonians were closed – except this one. So that’s why we’re here,” said Rebekah Merrill from Salt Lake City, Utah.

But Smithsonian personnel who were able to make it into work converged at the Air and Space Museum to open its doors.

When people want to cooperate, you can do great things,” said Mr. Kish from Illinois.

“Yes, definitely! Thank you to everyone who came!” said Rebeca Plantier.

“This is our twenty-ninth trip to D.C. It’s the first time we encountered snow,” said Bill Reilly.

As the snow keeps falling around the area, find out which Smithsonian museums are open and closed via their Twitter page.