WASHINGTON (AP) — While museums on the National Mall will close for a government shutdown, many other Washington attractions plan to stay open for tourists.

The group Cultural Tourism DC says there will still be numerous arts and cultural options for visitors and residents.

Steve Shulman, the group’s executive director, says a shutdown may give visitors a chance to see different sites than those on the mall.

Museums and attractions planning to stay open include the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Newseum, the International Spy Museum, National Geographic Museum, National Building Museum, The Phillips Collection, The Crime Museum and others.

There is an Art4All DC festival planned for this weekend. There are also more than 40 free tours of District of Columbia neighborhoods with the WalkingTown D.C. program through Cultural Tourism DC.

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