The shows will go on at the Kennedy Center even if the federal government shuts down. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

For details about whether the last few days of the National Cherry Blossom Festival will go off as planned, the Federal Eye blog has some information here. UPDATE 4/8/2011: National Cherry Blossom Festival officials say the parade and Sakura Matsuri street festival will go on as planned.


All Smithsonian Museums, including the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum, the National Museum of Natural History and Museum of American History will be closed in the event of a shutdown. The National Zoo will also be closed.

The National Gallery of Art


Artisphere Open as usual. The party for Yuri’s Night and Urban Arias, will continue as planned.

Corcoran Gallery of Art  The museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday as usual. In the event of a shutdown, the Corcoran will offer free coffee and refreshments in its cafe, as well as free admission for government employees with ID. Additional gallery tours will be offered as well.

Ford’s Theatre Ford’s Theatre itself will close, and performances of the musical “Liberty Smith” and “One Destiny” will not take place as scheduled. However, walking tours including “History on Foot” will continue to operate. Visit Ford’s Theatre’s Web site for updates.

The Kennedy Center All performances will continue as planned, though building hours will be limited to short windows before and after performances. The shuttle to Foggy Bottom Metro will run as usual. The KC Cafe will be closed.

National Building Museum The museum will be open as usual. An event April 9 and 10, at which Lego-certified professional Adam Reed Tucker will create a Lego White House, will continue as planned.

National Cherry Blossom Festival The festival’s parade on April 9 will go on, though the route may be altered; the Sakura Matsuri Festival, also April 9, will also go on as scheduled; the Cherry Blossom Festival at National Harbor on April 9 and 10 is also still on as planned. For updates, visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival site.

National Geographic The museum and all National Geographic Live programming will continue as scheduled.

National Museum of Crime & Punishment The museum will be open as usual.

The Newseum Will be open as usual. April 9-11 is the museum’s third anniversary at its current address; it will be offering a buy-one-get-one ticket with printout of a coupon available at this link.

Torpedo Factory Art Center The art center will be open as usual.

Textile Museum Will be open regular hours.