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Posted at 1:08 PM ET, 12/17/2008

Inauguration Day Update: Open and Shut

By Stephanie Merry

Since our initial rundown of openings and closures along the inaugural parade route and beyond, there have been a few updates.

The Newseum will have one of the best views of the parade, but tickets to the museum have already sold out for most of the day. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Once word spread that the Newseum would be open on Inauguration Day, the clamor for tickets was overwhelming. The museum has sold out of tickets for at least the morning. It's still possible that more tickets will go on sale, but not until after 3 p.m., long after the new pres and his entourage of marching bands have made their way down Pennsylvania.

As for closures, the National Gallery will be partially shut down. While the West Building entrance on Sixth Street will remain open, the East Building, Sculpture Garden, shops and restaurants will all be closed. And if thoughts of warming up near the parade route among the smell of musty books crossed your mind, I'm afraid the Library of Congress won't be an option on Inauguration Day; the library is closed on all federal holidays.

Meanwhile, up in Dupont, the Phillips Collection will also be closed. But with the news of the closure comes some positive info during these sad economic times: for the month of January, the Phillips will offer buy one, get one free tickets to those who say the word "inauguration" during their purchase.

As always, when more information comes in about Inauguration Day openings and closures, we'll be here to pass along the intel.

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | December 17, 2008; 1:08 PM ET
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