Dec 29, 2021 - Health

Smithsonian temporarily closes 4 museums due to COVID

The National Postal Museum in Washington D.C.

The National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. is one of four museums that will be closed starting Dec. 29; they will reopen Jan. 3. Photo: Robert Knopes/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Smithsonian said it will temporarily close four museums for the remainder of the holidays due to a surge in COVID cases among staff.

Driving the news: The closures will "allow the Smithsonian to reallocate staff and keep all other museums open for the remainder of the week," the Smithsonian said in a release Wednesday.

Details: The museums affected are the National Museum of African Art, the National Postal Museum, the Anacostia Community Museum and the National Museum of Asian Art.

  • They are scheduled to reopen Jan. 3.
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