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Posted at 4:20 PM ET, 01/14/2009

Inauguration Day Update: Open and Shut

By Stephanie Merry

It looks like the 300,000 people watching the inaugural parade may have a harder time finding shelter than we initially reported.

Since our last post about places to warm up, grab some food and use the bathroom on Inauguration Day, there has been one large change: The National Gallery, whose West Building was set to be open on Tuesday, will actually be closed. It turns out that security and parade assembly areas have made it impossible to open the museum on Jan. 20.

UPDATE: Another one down. The Holocaust Museum has announced that security and traffic concerns have prompted the museum to close up shop on Tuesday.

UPDATE part II: With the bad news comes some good. The Navy Memorial and Heritage Center, which is conveniently located along the parade route, plans to open on Tuesday. For $30, ticket-holders can come and go from the building, taking advantage of warmth, bathrooms, food by Organic To Go and a 46- by 16-foot screen televising the inaugural events. Only 300 tickets will be sold, so hop to it (or call 202-380-0733) if you want one. (Tickets have sold out)

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | January 14, 2009; 4:20 PM ET
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