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Federal Government Shutdown Benefits Art Museum

Confederate soldiers Captain Charles A. Hawkins (L) and Sergeant John M. Hawkins are shown in this image by an unknown photographer made in 1861-1862 during the American Civil War, part of the visiting "Photography and the American Civil War," a travelling exhibition of more than 200 original photographs from the 1860's. Hundreds of tourists who because of the shutdown could not visit the popular Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first battle of the Civil War took place 152 years ago, have instead been flocking to see a photo exhibit at the Gibbes Museum of Art in nearby Charleston, South Carolina.

Federal Government Shutdown Benefits Art Museum


The U.S. federal government shutdown has forced the closure of monuments and tourist sites across the country, but it has brought some benefits to at least one private art museum.

Hundreds of tourists who because of the shutdown could not visit the popular Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first battle of the Civil War took place 152 years ago, have instead been flocking to see a photo exhibit at the Gibbes Museum of Art in nearby Charleston, South Carolina.