September 3, 2014 2:15 pm

Demand for free tickets crashes Human Rights museum website

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, in 2013

Peter Chura / Global News

WINNIPEG – Demand for free, advance tickets to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was so strong Wednesday that the institution’s website crashed.

“We had the website tested for demand and it passed the test for about 5,000 users at once,” spokesperson Rhea Yates told Global News. But demand far exceeded that and the website stopped working at about 10 a.m. when the free ticket offer began.

“It’s a wonderful and a terrible experience at the same time,” Yates said.

Meantime, the museum is offering to take applications by email to freepreviewtours@humanrights.ca. Include your name, phone number, address and how many tickets you need (up to 4) and do it by 5 p.m.

The museum’s long-awaited and highly anticipated opening is September 20th. There are 9,000 free tickets available for a preview of the $351 million institution at the Forks September 20 and 21: a week before the general public can buy tickets.

The free preview will include a look at four of the museum’s eleven galleries.

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