WASHINGTON – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery have requested that smartphone users refrain from “catching” Pokemon when they are visiting.
Museum Communications Director Andrew Hollinger tells The Washington Post 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.
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Hollinger says playing the game seems disrespectful, especially while visitors are inside the Hall of Remembrance.
Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia also asked visitors to refrain from playing the app.
“We do not consider playing ‘Pokemon Go’ to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC,” the military cemetery posted on Twitter.
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.