Holocaust Museum: Stop catching Pokemon here

FILE - In this June 12, 2009 file photo, people line to enter the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The U.S. museum is requesting that smartphone users refrain from "catching" Pokemon when they are inside the museum. Museum Communications Director Andrew Hollinger tells The Washington Post that officials are trying to reach game developers to get the museum removed as a prominent location in the popular new Pokemon Go smartphone game. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington is requesting that smartphone users refrain from “catching” Pokemon when they are inside the museum.

Museum Communications Director Andrew Hollinger said that officials are trying to reach the developers of the popular new “Pokemon Go” game to get the museum removed as a prominent location.

Like many other landmarks, the museum currently is a Pokestop — a place where players can get free in-game items. Players can also stumble upon Pokemon while wandering the halls.

Hollinger says playing the game seems disrespectful, especially while visitors are inside the Hall of Remembrance.

Game developers Niantic Labs did not immediately respond to the newspaper’s question of whether it could stop Pokemon from popping up inside the museum.

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