Extended hours at Smithsonian museums
The Smithsonian is saying happy holidays with the gift of extended hours. So whether you're looking for entertainment during your time off, excited about a rare evening visit to museums that normally shut down by close of business or hoping to get a jump on that New Year's resolution of drinking less (because seeing a crochet replica of a coral reef is way healthier than downing rail drinks at happy hour), the gift of time is the perfect present. And you don't even have to write a thank you note.
Here's a rundown of which museums are participating:
The lower level of the American Art Museum will open 90 minutes early -- at 10 a.m. -- for the final week of the oh-so-popular Normal Rockwell exhibit. Holidays hours continue through Sunday, which is the last day of the show.
The American History Museum offers two additional hours to see Julia Child's kitchen and Dorothy's ruby slippers, staying open until 7:30 p.m. through Thursday.
Two tourist favorites -- Air and Space and the Natural History Museum -- stay open until 7:30 p.m. through New Year's Day. The suburban arm of the Air and Space Museum, the Udvar-Hazy Center, will be open until 6:30 p.m. through Saturday, which may be a good option for Virginians who don't feel like battling traffic.
| December 29, 2010; 10:10 AM ET
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