National Museum of African American History and Culture

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It's remarkably difficult to gain admission to the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture—powerful evidence that such an institution was long overdue.

The stunning, 400,000-square-foot structure now situated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., houses a tribute to African Americans' vast contributions to music, sports, and other aspects of the country's culture, as well as a memorial to the violence and injustice of slavery and segregation.

The museum opened in fall 2016. By December, new admissions procedures had to be implemented. With luck, on a weekday afternoon, you might obtain a walk-up pass; advance tickets—available three months out or starting at 6:30 a.m. for same-day entry—are strictly required for a weekend visit.

Want more proof of sky-high demand? Look no further than the timed passes being shamelessly (but not surprisingly) scalped on Craigslist.

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