US Holocaust museum asks gamers to stop playing Pokémon Go there

Museum spokesman describes it as "extremely inappropriate"

The US Holocaust museum has asked gamers to stop playing the Pokémon Go game during their visit.

Both locations feature in the new smartphone game – a game which has added more than $7bn (£5.4bn) to Nintendo’s market value. It topped the app store download chart on both iPhone’s App Store and Google Play just days after its release in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

A spokesman for the US Holocaust museum based in Washington said that playing the game whilst visiting the memorial to victims of Nazism was “extremely inappropriate”.


The Arlington National Cemetery located three miles away from the museum, has also asked Pokémon players to not play the game there, with a cemetery official stating “playing games such as Pokémon Go on these hallowed grounds would not be deemed appropriate.”

Spokesman Stephen Smith said they had not experienced any problems with the Pokémon Go players yet but wanted to act before they could potentially happen.

According to the BBC, game developers Niantic Labs are yet to respond to their pleas of removing the locations from the game.