The Smithsonian museums and national monuments will begin reopening Thursday as the federal government resumes operations after a late-night Wednesday congressional deal to end the 16-day shutdown.
On its website, the Smithsonian said all of its museums will be open on Thursday, with the National Zoo set to reopen Friday. National monuments -- including the Lincoln Memorial and the
The timetable for other national monuments to resume normal public hours remains unclear. The National Park Service, which operates the monuments, still had not reactivated parts of its website early Thursday, although Yosemite National Park opened Wednesday night.
The shutdown disappointed numerous tourists in Washington, New York and elsewhere who were turned away from famous sites and museums.
Federal agencies were expected to begin resuming normal business hours on Thursday, though some may not be fully functioning for a couple of days.