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The National Park Service is closing monuments and memorials and ending trash collection on the National Mall due to the government shutdown.

Spokeswoman Carol Johnson said Tuesday that workers are barricading the monuments and shutting down fountains at the World War II Memorial. In total, fountains at 45 sites are being shut off.

About 330 park rangers and other staff are being furloughed due to the government shutdown. But Johnson says U.S. Park Police will remain on duty to guard the monuments and memorials.

Trash collection ends Tuesday on the National Mall at parks maintained by the National Park Service in downtown Washington.

Meanwhile, construction work will continue at the Washington Monument to repair earthquake damage. Johnson says money for that work was already appropriated.


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While museums on the National Mall are closed due to a government shutdown, many other Washington attractions plan to stay open for tourists.

The group Cultural Tourism DC says there will still be numerous arts and cultural options for visitors and residents. Steve Shulman, the group's executive director, says a shutdown may give visitors a chance to see different sites than those on the mall.

Museums and attractions planning to stay open include the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Newseum, the International Spy Museum, National Geographic Museum, National Building Museum, The Phillips Collection, The Crime Museum and others.

There is an Art4All DC festival planned for this weekend. There are also more than 40 free tours of District of Columbia neighborhoods with the WalkingTown D.C. program through Cultural Tourism DC.

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