After 14 years of planning and four years of construction, The Smithsonian‘s long awaited Museum Of African American History finally opened its doors on September 24.
Since then the museum has been a success, arguably more so then its creators expected.
In a report from CNNMoney the museum in Washington, D.C., is “sold out” through March 2017. You need a ticket with a date to enter the museum, even though you don’t have to pay for it.
The museum did conduct a study prior to the opening, and accordingly expected 7,500 visitors daily. Instead, 30,000 people have tried to get in some days (the museum can admit about 8,000).
The amount of visitors make sense, considering what the museum offers. People are reportedly spending more time than usual at it, which has five floors, 12 exhibitions and 3,000 objects on display.
If you really want to go to the museum at this point you have two options: Go to the museum website to try and get a 2017 pass, or line up outside the museum to try for a “day of” pass (which plenty of people have been doing as of late).
All the online passes are gone through the end of March. The museum hopes to release next month the next batch of passes, which run from April through June 2017.
The Museum Of African American History is an incredible big step in the celebration and preservation of black culture in America. We were attendance at the museum’s grand opening, which featured everyone from President Barack Obama (and wife Michelle) and U.S. congressman John Lewis, to Stevie Wonder and Oprah Winfrey.
“We’re not a burden on America or a stain on America or an object of shame and pity for America,” Barack said before the museum’s opening. “We are America. And that’s what this museum explains. Hopefully, this museum makes us talk to each other and listen to each other and see each other.”