WASHINGTON, D.C. - Instead of a BBQ, pool, or beach day, dozens flocked to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Labor Day to take advantage of the first "Walk-Up Weekday" of the month.
All month long, Monday though Friday, visitors can show up to the museum and get in on a first-come, first-served basis.
Walk-Up Weekdays begin Monday, September 3rd! Visitors may enter the museum on a first-come, first-served basis Monday through Friday for the entire month of September.
— Smithsonian NMAAHC (@NMAAHC) August 27, 2018
Before opening at 10:00 a.m., visitors told DCW50 there was a long line stretching out to the surrounding sidewalks to get in.
The museum usually requires timed entry passes, which requires visitors to order free tickets online for a specific date and time.
They are eliminating that requirement during the week, but will still require the passes on the weekends and for groups larger than ten.
Same-day online and walk-up timed entry passes will not be available on weekdays in September.
According to the museum's website, "Walk-Up Weekdays" is a pilot program to help the museum leadership determine the continued use of timed passes.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is open from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
For a list of others places to go to stay cool this week, visit the District's cooling center website.