According to the Washington Post:
More people want to get in than can be accommodated, even though timed passes are being used to manage the crowds. In the museum’s first 10 days, some 103,000 people visited the history, culture and community exhibitions, officials said. It’s unclear how many more were unable to get passes.
Before its opening, the museum distributed 705,000 passes for admission through Dec. 31. The next set of passes — covering January through March — was supposed to be distributed beginning this past Monday, but technical difficulties with the ticket vendor forced the museum to abandon that plan.
One visitor had this to say concerning why so many people were coming to view the museum:
“This trip is all about the need for healing,” Elizabeth Lyon said. “My ancestors were slave owners in North Carolina. I don’t know if it’s in the history books now, but it wasn’t when I was in school. My journey is to try to help heal the terrible wounds.”