Air Force Museum to reopen today

"We greatly appreciate the ability to reopen the museum and apologize for the inconvenience the closure caused our national and international visitors," said Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson in a news release.

The museum closed its doors Oct. 1, when the government shutdown officially began, reopening for only one day, Oct. 7. Officials were forced to close the doors again Oct. 8 after guidance from the Department of Defense and Air Force, which said, "opening the museum did not fit within the list of operations that can continue to be supported during the lapse in appropriations."

The museum will resume normal operating hours from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

The Air Force Museum Theatre, Museum Store, Valkyrie and Refueling Cafés and interactive simulators, which are operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, will also be open today, according to the release. The cafés will open initially with a limited menu and will return to full service as soon as possible.

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