American museums and concert halls open their doors for government employees that are not paid by the shutdown. Museums in at least 27 states and certainly 19 orchestras offer the affected employees free tickets to.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers free access for affected employees and a guest. Almost 200 people went on the offer, said spokesman Norman Keyes. “Museums can be a place to get away from the situation and to a new perspective,” said Keyes. ‘It will be the shutdowncrisis not solve but it can help to have positive experiences during a difficult time.”
But also orchestras offer free tickets to listen to music. ‘Music has the power to inspire, reduce stress and burden to reduce”, said Joseph Giunta of the Des Moines Symphony. The orchestra offers two free tickets per employee.
A lot of government employees live in or around Washington D. C., but these people have less luck. Cultural institutions such as the Smithonian’s museums, galleries and zoos, that will always be free, will remain closed until the end of the shutdown.