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Closed for Business: The U.S. Government Shuts Down (photos)

Federal Museums and parks around the country closed up shop after the government was shut down on Tuesday. See photos.

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As of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1, the United States government has been shut down, following Congress's failure to reach a deal to continue its funding by their midnight deadline. The Ohio clock outside the Senate Chamber on Capital Hill captures the first minute of the first government shutdown in more than 17 years. 

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Tourists who had hoped to visit the Statue of Liberty stand near the dock used by Liberty Island ferries in New York City. National parks across the nation were closed on Tuesday following the shutdown.

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Police tape blocks a closed Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall.

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Fay Wagstaff, of El Paso, Texas, sits on the empty front steps of the locked-up Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

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U.S. Park Police officers speak to a biker while closing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall.

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The U.S. Capital is seen behind a closed for restoration sign on the National Mall in Washington. 

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A notice advising visitors in English and French that the American Cemetery is closed due to the partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government hangs from the gates of the cemetery in Suresnes, west of Paris.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on Tuesday. Despite a government shutdown for the first time in nearly two decades, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the NASDAQ all rose slightly higher during morning trading.

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A man reads morning newspapers from around the U.S. at the Newseum in Washington on the morning after the government closed up shop. According to the Newseum's website, they will remain open during the shutdown.   

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Darlene Tinsley, left, the secretary/treasurer for the American Federation of Government Employees, leads a protest in front of the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland. 

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South Korean tourists Heemok Ann, Eunyi Ji, and Mijung Jung take their own picture on the empty street in front of the U.S. Capitol dome on Capitol Hill.

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Park Ranger Scott Rolfes locks a gate, cutting off access to the road over the dam at Saylorville Lake in Iowa. 

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U.S. Capitol Police return to patrol after a brief meeting to discuss how to handle tourists turned away from the shuttered visitor's center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.