National Mall Comes to Life after 16 Day Shutdown (photos)

Smithsonian volunteer Sam Sepulveda greets visitors at Air & Space Museum on Oct. 17.
Jeff Malet
Smithsonian volunteer Sam Sepulveda greets visitors at Air & Space Museum on Oct. 17.

The government is back open after a 16-day shutdown (at least for 90 days). On Wednesday night, Oct. 16, only an hour and a half before the United States would have been forced to default on its loans, the House of Representatives passed a measure to extend the debt ceiling and end the shutdown.

View our photos from the final hours on Capitol Hill on Wed. Oct 16, and the following day, Thursday, Oct 17, when the National Mall came to life with the opening of the Smithsonian museums, national monuments, gardens and fountains by clicking on the photo icons below.

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