What’s the impact of the U.S government shutdown on tourism in New York?

Some of you are travelling to New York and are wondering about the impact of the shutdown of the US Federal Government on your trip to New York.
I’m hoping I can help you with some of the questions you may have regarding this event even if I don’t work in politics or employed by the office of tourism of New York. I just compiled some information given by the media.

What’s going on?

On December 22, an agreement failed regarding the US Federal Budget and as a result, the partial shutdown of the federal administration became inevitable. More than 800.000 out of three millions federal workers will have to work with a late pay or are now forced to take a leave without pay.

What are the repercussions on the US shutdown on tourism in New York?

Which services are closed in the United-States because of the Government Shutdown?

It’s mainly non-essential agencies that are affected.
Security such as (police, customs, FBI, CIA, NSA..), hospitals, schools, transportations, justice remain open.
Unfortunately, the non-essential ones includes National Parks and museums.

What are the repercussions on the US shutdown on tourism in New York?

What park and national museums are closed in New York?

In New York City, most city parks belong to the city for instance: Central Park, Bryant Park, Madison Square and are safe from the shutdown.

Very few museums and monuments are closed:
– African Burial Ground National Monument
– Castle Clinton National Monument
– Federal Hall National Memorial
– Fort Wadsworth
– General Grant National Memorial
– Hamilton Grange National Memorial
– Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
– The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

What are the repercussions on the US shutdown on tourism in New York?

What attractions or museums are open?

Most of the attraction will be open:
– The Statue of Liberty (could be closed if the shutdown remains, there’s no official information yet)
– Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Observatory
– MET (Metropolitan Museum)
– MoMA
– American Museum of Natural History
– Madame Tussauds
– Circle Line cruises
– Guggenheim
– Intrepid , Sea, Air & Space Museum
– etc …


How long the shutdown will last?

This situation can last until a new vote is proposed by the Congress, which can take days or even weeks.
There was a shutdown in 1995 that lasted 3 weeks! In October 2013, it lasted 16 days, and the last one was in January 2018 and only lasted 3 days.
To be followed 🙁


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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  1. Jackie says:
    What about the 9/11 memorial is that affected?
  2. Derek Battle says:
    So going to N.y. next weekend isnt a GREAT IDEA i guess ?
  3. Richard Tinner says:
    Thank you, that’s useful information. We’re visiting New York later in the year and were worried that some attractions we wanted to visit would be closed if this is not resolved.