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Here's how to get tickets to the Hello Kitty exhibition

Gary Baseman, "Play Date," 2014, acrylic on wood
Photograph: Courtesy of the Japanese American National Museum Gary Baseman, "Play Date," 2014, acrylic on wood

Last updated with new information: Oct. 6

The super famous cat-who-isn't-a-cat is on her way here for Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, a 40th anniversary celebration/exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum opening in October. Tickets are on sale now and the museum is anticipating record-breaking attendance, so mark your Hello Kitty-themed calendars now.

—Tickets went on sale Monday Sept. 29 at 12pm PDT for opening day (Oct. 11) through the end of 2014. The link to buy tickets is

—Tickets for 2015 dates (the exhibition runs through April 26) go on sale Nov. 24

—Tickets are for timed entry slots, i.e. you're basically booking an appointment to see the exhibition.

—Buying tickets in advance is strongly encouraged.

—Adult tickets are $20, tickets for children 6-17 are $10, and children 5 and under get in free.

—If you're a current JANM member or if you become a member before the exhibition starts, admission is free and you'll get early access to the reservation system (in fact, current members have been able to buy tickets since Aug. 18!). Members get a lot of additional benefits as well, like Hello Kitty swag, private tours, guest passes and members-only hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings. (TL;'s probably a good time to become a JANM member if you've been thinking about it for a while)

—Also, if you have a ticket to Hello Kitty Con, you also get in free to the exhibition on the same day as your Con ticket only. There will be no advance reservations or timed entries on those days, so you should expect a big line.

Here's more information about the exhibition, here's some details on a Hello Kitty-themed food scavenger hunt all over LA, and here's our slide show of the Hello Kitty jet in case you need some Hello Kitty in your life right meow.