Pokémon Go has swept the nation, as eager players journey from location to location trying their best to catch their favorite digital creatures. One place that isn’t enjoying this new craze, however, is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The museum in Washington D.C., which honors the memory of the millions killed during the Holocaust, has found itself as a location within the new game. As a “Pokéstop,” the museum suddenly has guests not necessarily there for the history, but for Pikachu and company.
Being a part of the Pokémon Go phenomenon is not something the museum is comfortable with. “Playing Pokémon Go in a memorial dedicated to the victim of Nazism is extremely inappropriate,” Andrew Hollinger, the museum’s director of communications, told EW. “We are attempting to have the Museum removed from the game.”
Hollinger says that the museum doesn’t have a problem with technology being used there, but rather that the Pokémon Go doesn’t promote the purpose of the museum. “The museum encourages visitors to use their phones to share and engage with museum content while here,” he said. “Technology can be an important learning tool, but this game falls far outside of our educational and memorial mission.”
Another historical landmark encountering the same influx of Pokémon Go users is the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, which is also a location in the game. Representatives for the memorial have not yet commented on its use in the game.