Vanessa H Larson

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Freer and Sackler Galleries

The Smithsonian presents Whistler’s Peacock Room as the artist envisioned it

The famed Chinoiserie dining room, designed by James McNeill Whistler, has been reinstalled in closer alignment to the artist’s aesthetic vision

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Attendance

Boom or bust for DC museums: how the US government shutdown affected visitor figures

In January, the 19 Smithsonian institutions had just 13% of the footfall they had experienced the year before

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Shutdown

Counting the cost of the longest government shutdown in US history

The shutdown dealt a blow to federally-funded museums, with disappointed visitors, furloughed staff, disrupted exhibitions and lost revenue that “can never be regained”