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San Antonio Museum of Art Offering Free Admission for Federal Employees During the Government Shutdown


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Fun — if fleeting — fact: If you typed the words “who is” into a Google search bar on the afternoon of January 15, the suggested results included “Who is Chris Pratt?” ... “Who is Chris Pratt engaged to?” and “Who is Katherine Schwarzenegger?” Oh, and possibly less-pressing for Hollywood hounds: “Who is affected by the government shutdown?” 

In case you were wondering, actor Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World) recently announced via Instagram that he’s engaged to author Katherine Schwarzenegger (the Terminator’s daughter). Apparently also quite news-worthy is the fact that Pratt first texted the news to his ex-wife and baby mama Anna Faris, who jokingly reminded him that she’s an ordained minister — even though she’s “not very good at it.”

Too bad that wrapping one’s head around the longest government shutdown in history isn’t nearly as easy to encapsulate. As the Washington Post, the New York Times and countless other outlets have reported, roughly 800,000 government employees have either been furloughed or are presently working without pay as a result of a partial shutdown sparked by fruitless negotiations over Trump’s border wall. Among those affected are Transportation Security Administration workers, scientists, Food and Drug Administration inspectors, law enforcement personnel, I.R.S. employees and staffers at national parks and museums (including the Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art).

As a gesture to those feeling the crunch, the San Antonio Museum of Art announced today that it’s offering free general admission to all federal employees “until the end of the government shutdown.” As SAMA’s Chief Engagement Officer Cary Marriott explained, redeeming the offer is as simple as “presenting a federal government ID at the admission desk.” What’s more, each government employee can bring a guest free of charge.

In addition to SAMA’s globe-trotting permanent collection of contemporary, Latin American, European, Asian, ancient Mediterranean and Islamic art and artifacts, museum-goers can take in the special exhibitions “Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Work” (on view through January 20) and “Harry Bertoia: Sculptor and Modernist Designer” (on view through March 31).

Museum admission for the general public is $12 for students, $17 for seniors, $20 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. Free general admission for all guests is offered from 4-9 pm on Tuesdays and 10am-noon on Sundays.
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