NOMAtlanta Smithsonian Museum Opening Trip Updates!


NOMAtlanta Smithsonian Museum Opening Trip Updates!

By: siteadmin

August 3, 2016

THERE ARE ONLY 5-DAYS LEFT BEFORE THE GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW MUSEUM!We are so excited that you will be joining us for the historic event in Washington DC. The time has come to share the last minute updates and details so we can all have an enjoyable trip.


Transportation: Originally we reserved a 55 passenger coach bus for our trip up to Washington DC. Unfortunately we did not meet that goal. Alternatively, we have been able to secure two smaller 15 passenger comfort buses from BusMax. According to their website, these buses have more storage room, more comfortable seats and look more stylish than the typical basic bus. Some of the other features include: Rear Hi Capacity Air and Heat, TV and DVD Entertainment System, overhead storage with aircraft lighting over each seat and cloth recline seats with armrests and seat belts. For more safety and bus details please see their website. The buses do not require commercial driver’s license so they will be driven by carefully selected passengers.


Return Time Update: Originally due to the high demand for museum passes, NOMAtlanta was not able to guarantee passes to museum with your bus ticket. Fortunately, we were able to secure tickets for the NOMA Group to enter the museum on a group pass along with the other NOMA chapters who are attending. As of today, everyone who has purchased a ticket for the bus will be able to enter the museum with the group pass. Unfortunately, the passes are for Sunday September 25 at 6:15 pm. Therefore, to afford the majority of people who have not gotten passes to experience the museum, the bus will be returning Sunday evening immediately following the tour. Our planned returned time will be early Monday morning. If you are absolutely unable to stay to Sunday evening, please contact us ASAP.




Bus Pickup/Departure – Friday, September 23, 2016:
– Pickup Location: Kensington Marta Station
– Address: 3350 Kensington Rd, Decatur, GA 30032
– Departure Time: 5am
– Parking: There are large parking lots for free daily parking. Long-term parking is available for $5/day. For more station detail please go to website
Liability waiver form signature will be required to ride bus
– NOMAtlanta will provide complimentary snacks and water for each leg of the trip. DVDs and other fun stuff are welcome for the trip up.


Bus Dropoff in Old Town Alexandria – Friday, September 23, 2016:
– Estimated Arrival Time: 4pm (Two Stops)
– Dropoff locations: Crown Plaza Old Town Alexandria and Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria-Historic District
– Address: Crown Plaza – 901 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 683-6000; Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – 625 First Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 548-6300
– Buses will not be available for travel to museum on Saturday. Passengers are encouraged to use the Washington DC metro.


Bus Return/Dropoff – Sunday, September 25, 2016:
– Approximate Load Times for Bus: Starting 11:30am at Crown Plaza; 12:30am at Holiday Inn; buses will be available for passengers to load their bags on bus at these time prior to departure to museum.
– Tour Departure Time from Crown Plaza and Holiday Inn to Museum Tour: 4:45 pm – Crown Plaza; 5:15pm – Holiday Inn; PLEASE BE ON TIME!!!!
– NOMA GROUP MUSEUM ACCESS: 6:15 pm (Buses will depart immediately after tour)
– Estimated Departure Time From Museum: 8pm
– Estimated Arrival Back to Kensington Marta Station: 7.30am (Two Stops)


Trip Contact Information:
NOMA Atlanta Trip Coordinators: Garfield Peart; email:; Sophia Tarkhan; email: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


For everyone who have not traveled on long bus trips recently, the following are suggest items to consider for a comfortable ride:
– Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks as well to insure you have your favorites.
– It will be difficult to manage a temp appropriate for all passengers so please dress accordingly and certainly comfortably
– Feel free to bring light jacket, pillows, neck rest and blankets for added comfort
– Please remember to bring all medications and let us know if you need special attention
– Bring your electronic devices as needed
– TV and DVD player will be available and appropriate videos and entertainment will be welcome
– There is a 50% chance rain on Sunday. Temp range from a low of 58 to a high of 86 over the weekends


AIA Diversity and Inclusion will host special NOMA Reception for NMAAHC Opening at AIA Headquarters.
Date/Time: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 4pm-6pm
Ticket Price – $15. RSVP Today.


For up to the minute trip and NMAAHC museum opening updates we encourcage you follow NOMAtlanta facebook page [] and Smithsonian Museum Webpage []



  • Sheree kernizan

    September 16, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Hello. I need one ticket to D. C. I am a former student of Mr. Stanley and cousin of Eric Peek. Also,a GT ME grad. I can make payment this weekend. Please let me when and where. I can be reached at 404-625-204. Thank you


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