Given the unexpectedly high demand already for tickets to the soon-to-open National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, additional passes will be made available to the general public Tuesday starting at 9 a.m.
The free passes will be for the opening weekend, Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, as well as extended museum visiting hours Sept. 26-Oct. 2, and the months of November and December, according to the museum’s website. Each timed pass being given away has a unique entry code and can only be used once. Passes will be available online.
It’s the only national museum focused exclusively on African American art, life, history and culture. The museum was established as part of the Smithsonian Institution in 2003, and in 2006, the institution’s governing board voted to build the 400,000 square-foot museum on a five-acre site on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama is expected to be at the ribbon-cutting on opening weekend.
The highly anticipated museum has a few notable Charlotte connections.
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Last month, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan donated $5 million to the museum, marking the largest gift from a sports figure and pushing private donations to $278 million.
And last December, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center presented its Spirit of the Center Award to Lonnie G. Bunch III, the museum’s founding director at the Jazzy Holiday Gala in the Charlotte Convention Center, Qcitymetro reports.
“Anyone who wants to understand America’s core values, America’s identity, has to realize that that has been shaped in profound ways by the African American experience,” Bunch told Qcitymetro in an interview. “We want people to see this from an insider’s perspective.”
Last month, museum supporters within an hour claimed all 28,500 tickets to the museum’s opening weekend after they went on sale, according to the Washington Post.
The museum has a collection of nearly 37,000 objects that will be on display. Here’s a quick look at a few of them:
▪ A Chicago Bulls jersey that Michael Jordan wore during the 1996 NBA Finals
▪ Nat Turner’s Bible
▪ A dress sewn by Rosa Parks in the 1950s
▪ A Fedora worn by Michael Jackson during Victory tour in 1984
▪ A silk lace and linen shawl given to Harriet Tubman by Queen Victoria