The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum really wants you to stop playing Pokemon Go on its property

Posted at 4:19 PM, Jul 12, 2016

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 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.

Like many other landmarks, the museum currently is a "PokeStop" within the game — 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.