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New Mexico opens museums to furloughed federal workers

January 19, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is offering furloughed federal employees and their families free admission to state-run museums and historic sites.

Department of Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego announced the policy on Friday in a news release . Museum admission ordinarily costs as much $12 a person for visitors from out of state.

The policy applies to world-renowned art collections in Santa Fe at the Museum of International Folk Art, major attractions such as the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque and Wild West historic sites sprinkled across the state.

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has pledged state support to federal workers furloughed in the budget standoff between President Trump and Congress over whether to extend a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.