New African American Museum Can’t Keep Up With Ticket Demands
Having trouble getting tickets to visit the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture? Join the club reports The Washington Post:
More people want to get in than can be accommodated, even though timed passes are being used to manage the crowds. In the museum’s first 10 days, some 103,000 people visited the history, culture and community exhibitions, officials said. It’s unclear how many more were unable to get passes.
Before its opening, the museum distributed 705,000 passes for admission through Dec. 31. The next set of passes — covering January through March — was supposed to be distributed beginning this past Monday, but technical difficulties with the ticket vendor forced the museum to abandon that plan.
When asked why people are so excited about visited the African American museum, one visitor says this:
“This trip is all about the need for healing,” Elizabeth Lyon said. “My ancestors were slave owners in North Carolina. I don’t know if it’s in the history books now, but it wasn’t when I was in school. My journey is to try to help heal the terrible wounds.”