- Associated Press - Saturday, August 27, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who want to be among the first to enter the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum on the National Mall will need to reserve their spots in advance.

The Smithsonian says free timed entry passes to the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be available on the museum’s website starting on Saturday morning.

The museum will open Sept. 24 after a dedication ceremony that President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend.

The museum says the timed passes will allow as many people as possible to visit the museum while maintaining a smooth flow of entry. Visitors will be admitted at 15-minute intervals and can stay as long as they like.

Timed entry to the museum will continue indefinitely.

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