The new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) on the National Mall is tweaking the way visitors to the immensely popular museum can get passes.
Since the NMAAHC opened Sept. 24, the newest Smithsonian's highly coveted timed passes, which have been used to control crowding, have been snapped up quickly.
Starting Monday, the museum will no longer distribute same-day passes in person, the museum announced Tuesday. Instead, same-day passes will be available only through the museum's website, beginning at 6:30 a.m. daily.
No walk-up passes will be offered on weekends, and only a limited number of walk-up passes will be available on weekdays starting at 1 p.m.
And what if you're trying to plan a visit ahead of time?
Advance timed passes have been snapped up through March, but passes for April will become available online and via phone starting Jan. 4 at 9 a.m. Advance timed passes for May will become available Feb. 1.
For groups of 10 or more, an online form will become available Dec. 19 to request a reservation. Groups can schedule visits up to one year in advance.
All passes are free.