Please stop catching Pokemon at the Holocaust Museum
WASHINGTON — You can catch Pokemon almost anywhere while playing Pokemon Go, but the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum would really like people to stop doing it in their building.
The Museum is a ‘PokeStop’ in the game where players can get free in-game items. There are actually three different PokeStops associated with various parts of the museum, according to the Washington Post.
The game seems disrespectful, especially in more solemn parts of the complex like the Hall of Remembrance, museum communications director Andrew Hollinger told The Post.
“We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game,” Hollinger said.
On Monday afternoon, there were plenty of people inside the museum who seemed to be distracted from its haunting exhibits as they tried to “catch ’em all.” A player even used a lure module, a beacon that attracts Pokemon to a specific PokeStop, on the museum’s marker — making double-headed bird-like creatures dubbed Doduos and rodent-like Rattatas practically swarm on users’ screens.
The player behind the lure, a 30-year-old visiting from North Carolina named Dustin who declined to share his last name with The Post for privacy reasons, was excited to catch a crustacean-like Krabby while waiting in the museum’s lobby with a group of friends to pick up tickets for a scheduled tour of the exhibits.