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Smithsonian’s Black History Museum Changes Ticket Policy, Extends Hours for Holidays

The National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

The National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

In an effort to get more visitors through its doors, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., will now make free, same-day visitor passes available online rather than requiring patrons to wait in line.

Starting Dec. 19, same-day, timed visitor passes for the NMAAHC will be obtainable only through the museum’s website, starting at 6:30 a.m. daily. The museum also will allow a limited number of walk-up passes on weekdays starting at 1 p.m., crowds permitting, its website stated.

So far, overĀ 600,000 guests have visited the Black history museum since it opened its doors in September. Due to the high volume of visitors, however, the popular gallery announced that it won’t offer walk-up passes on the weekends. So, potential patrons are advised to request their free, same-day passes in advance.

According to the museum’s website, advanced time passes for April 2017 will be available Jan. 4 at 9 a.m., while advanced passes for May 2017 will be available Feb. 1. The museum also will extend its hours of operation (10 a.m.-7:30 p.m) Dec. 26-Dec. 30 to accommodate an expected influx of visitors during the holiday season.

 

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