With about three weeks to go before their doors swing open, we are opening our desk for the Grand Opening of the National Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Saturday, September 24 will draw thousands from all over the world, a gathering on the Mall whose level of anticipation and excitement resembles a Presidential inauguration.
There have been a lot of great days in the history of the Nation’s Capital, and this one will stand right up there with the greatest of them all.
As Director Lonnie Bunch noted,
"It will be seen as a pilgrimage for many people.”
And the symbolism of President Obama cutting the ribbon and addressing the crowd.
The demand for tickets has been overwhelming. As reported in this morning’s Post,
In less than an hour, museum supporters snapped up all 28,500 tickets to the opening weekend of the National Museum of African American History and Culture after they went on sale Saturday morning. By Sunday afternoon, the only passes available to the Smithsonian museum were for weekdays in October.
For those who didn’t nab tickets, the museum will give out same-day passes starting Monday, Sept. 26. They will be distributed first-come, first-served starting at 9:15 a.m. each day.
Timed Passes for the general public and nonprofit organizations are free of charge.
Tickets are not required to attend the outdoor ceremony, but the museum expects the crowd to be large enough to require multiple screens in the surrounding area so everyone can view the festivities.
Tickets for November and December are not yet available, but officials plan to continue the reserved pass program indefinitely.
The NMAAHC added:
Please be prepared for large crowds and extended wait times. While we will do our best to honor the scheduled time on your passes, your actual entry time is subject to building capacity and safety.
There’s great information about the museum on the web. What we thought we would do is to give you a preview of the 12 interactive galleries. As Charter Members, we received this information in the mail. It might be on the web but I did not see it.
Here are the first three.
Also the activities start on Friday with the following schedule.