Newest Smithsonian museum offering extra walk-in passes

UPDATE 11/7/2016 3:45 p.m.: The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s plans to increase the limited number of walk-up tickets that are available each morning are now on hold for the foreseeable future, according to a Smithsonian Institution spokeswoman.

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WASHINGTON — It’s been so hard to get into the National Museum of African American History and Culture, getting a ticket may feel like winning the lottery.

The Smithsonian has even warned people not to get duped by counterfeit tickets.

But now a ray of hope.  The Washington Post is reporting that as of Nov. 14, the museum will offer more walk up passes during the week. It may be your only opportunity to walk through Heritage Hall, see artifacts from  the slave trade or to have a seat in the Oprah Winfrey Theater this year, as the free, timed ticket passes are out through March.

Museum officials said that how many walk-ins they grant access to will depend on the crowds.  So far, crowds have been consistently huge.

The museum has seen up to 6,000 visitors on weekdays and up to 8,500 on weekends, according to The Washington Post. Regular timed tickets will still be needed for weekend access.

Jenny Glick

Jenny Glick joined WTOP as a fill-in anchor and reporter in June 2016. She previously worked as an Enterprise Reporter/Midday Anchor on WNEW in Washington.

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