Smithsonian museums reopen Thursday

With the government shutdown officially over, the Smithsonian museums will reopen to visitors Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks. The National Zoo, also administered by the Smithsonian, will unlock its gates on Friday.

The Smithsonian made the announcement via its Twitter account early Thursday morning, the first activity on the account since the government shutdown began Oct. 1. The National Zoo's ever-popular Pandacam, turned off during the shutdown, is also expected to return sometime during the day on Thursday.

We’re back from the #shutdown! Smithsonian museums will reopen on Thursday and the @NationalZoo will reopen on Friday.

— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) October 17, 2013

The Hirshhorn reopens at 10 am. To make up for lost time, please look twice as hard. Thank you.

— hirshhorn (@hirshhorn) October 17, 2013

The United States Holocaust Memorial{ } Museum, which is not part of the Smithsonian but still closed during the shutdown because of its heavy reliance on federal approrpriations, also announced on Twitter that it will reopen Thursday morning.

The federal shutdown has ended. The Museum will open to the public on time at 10:00 am today. We look forward to your visit.

— US Holocaust Museum (@HolocaustMuseum) October 17, 2013

The National Gallery of Art, including the Sculpture Garden, will not open for visitors until this coming Saturday, Oct. 19.

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden will open to the public, and all public programs will resume on Saturday, October 19.

— Nat. Gallery of Art (@ngadc) October 17, 2013