So It Begins: U.S. Government Shutdown In Photos By editor • Oct 1, 2013 ShareTwitter Facebook Google+ Email VIEW SLIDESHOW 1 of 13 The shutdown is the first in 17 years. Among the federal sites closed is the Capitol Rotunda. Michael Reynolds / EPA/Landov VIEW SLIDESHOW 2 of 13 Tyree Brown (center) and her classmates from the Corcoran College of Art and Design hold class on the steps of the National Gallery of Art. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters/Landov VIEW SLIDESHOW 3 of 13 World War II veteran Russell Tucker of Meridian, Miss., stands outside a barricade at the World War II Memorial on Tuesday. The memorial was opened to the veterans group. Alex Wong / Getty Images VIEW SLIDESHOW 4 of 13 The Department of the Interior issued a bulletin ordering national parks, including Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D., to suspend all activities and tell visitors to leave. Scott Olson / Getty Images VIEW SLIDESHOW 5 of 13 Park ranger Jeff Gardner tells visitors to Yosemite National Park that the park is closed. Day visitors were allowed to pass through Yosemite but were instructed not to stop or use any facilities. Craig Kohlruss / Fresno Bee/MCT/Landov VIEW SLIDESHOW 6 of 13 Darlene Tinsley, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Government Employees, leads protesters in front of the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland. Tony Dejak / AP VIEW SLIDESHOW 7 of 13 Furloughed federal workers demonstrate in Washington. Hundreds of thousands of government employees can't work as long as the House of Representatives and Senate remain gridlocked. Win McNamee / Getty Images VIEW SLIDESHOW 8 of 13 A child stands on the barricade around the Lincoln Memorial. President Obama called congressional leaders to a White House meeting on Wednesday, providing a glimmer of hope that the shutdown may end soon. Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images VIEW SLIDESHOW 9 of 13 Children from the Washington, D.C., Head Start program join supporters and lawmakers outside the Capitol on Wednesday to call on Congress to fund the comprehensive education, health and nutrition service for low-income children and their families. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images VIEW SLIDESHOW 10 of 13 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined by House Democrats, speaks on the steps of the House during a news conference on Day 2 of the partial federal government shutdown. Mark Wilson / Getty Images VIEW SLIDESHOW 11 of 13 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., addresses the media about the ongoing budget battle on Capitol Hill. He was joined by Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steven Palazzo of Mississippi, and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania. Evan Vucci / AP VIEW SLIDESHOW 12 of 13 World War II veterans from the Chicago area, and others, were granted access to the National World War II Memorial on Wednesday, despite the shutdown. Susan Walsh / AP VIEW SLIDESHOW 13 of 13 A Capitol police officer walks through the Capitol Rotunda, empty of visitors after being closed to tours Tuesday because of the government shutdown. Michael Reynolds / EPA/Landov Originally published on October 2, 2013 4:48 pm A photo gallery of closings around the country.