Federal workers affected by the government shutdown can spend a few hours of their furlough immersing themselves in Cuban culture and exploring other exhibits at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
The museum announced Friday that it was offering free admission to local federal employees who are out of work amid the political impasse in Washington, D.C.
Its offer to waive the general admission fee — which tops out at $16.95 for adults — is good through the end of the month for any worker who flashes a federal ID badge, along with one guest.
“We did it back in 2013 when they went on furlough as well,” said Maura O’Neal, a DMNS spokeswoman. “We’re just hoping to offer a bit of respite for folks and give them an opportunity to come and make some happy memories with friends and family when they would otherwise be working.”
The DMNS has two special exhibitions — “Mindbender Mansion,” an interactive exhibit that ends Sunday, and “¡CUBA!”, which explores that country’s culture, daily life and biodiversity. That exhibit runs through Jan. 20. Through the end of January, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering free general admission to all federal employees impacted by the furlough when they show their government ID in person at the Museum.
Through the end of January, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering free general admission to all federal employees impacted by the furlough when they show their government ID in person at the Museum.
— Denver Museum (@DenverMuseumNS) January 4, 2019
Colorado has more than 50,000 federal workers, and they are among 800,000 nationally who are either on unpaid furlough or working without pay in jobs deemed essential.
The federal shutdown began Dec. 22 after President Donald Trump and Congress failed to reach agreement on a spending bill to fund the government. The key sticking point has been Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion to help fund construction of a wall or other barrier along the border with Mexico.
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