Planning on visiting NMAAHC? What is your backup plan?


The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is an american jewel.  Nearly three years after its long-awaited opening,  to gain entry visitors still have to be lucky enough to nab precious advance tickets three months prior to their visit.  Of course military and several special designations can gain entry without having to obtain advance tickets.

You need a plan

The museum operation is smooth and well organized.  What if you’ve planned your journey, invested a tidy sum to get there and discover something has occurred forcing the museum to close?  Although that is a rarity, it did happen during our recent visit on Saturday, August 24, 2019.  No doubt Saturday has to be one of the biggest days of the week for attendance.  Once we arrived from the Metro eagerly to start our museum journey we were met at the line where you assemble for entry.  NMAAHC staff Seymour was gracious under fire as he had to calm the nerves of those also in line who were in disbelief the museum would not open.


   Smithsonian NMAAHC


Anyway, things happen.  I couldn’t help but think about all the people who made personal sacrifices to attend the museum for THAT DAY.  There was no tomorrow as they put everything they had in planning for that one special moment.  Lucky for us, we had ordered tickets for three days during our trek so with some schedule adjustments we recovered.
Those who were not as fortunate had to scramble to fill in the time during their visit.  Of course, the NMAAHC is in prime territory and with the new Circulator bus there are many alternative options to make your journey worthwhile.
What to do?
The question remains what to do should you find yourself in the dubious spot of scheduling a day at NMAAHC and not being able to get in due to technical issues?  The most reasonable or practical solution is:
  • When ordering tickets (online) I would suggest getting a couple of days.

  • Once you arrive for your big day BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL!!!!  as should something arise you will be contacting from the email you reserved that was used to reserve your ticket.

nmaahc closing email


Be prepared but don’t turn into a worry-wart or naysayer as life is full of curves and the key is how you respond.

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