United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC

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Pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the Holocaust at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Adjacent to the National Mall, the museum serves as a memorial as well as a platform for documentation and study of that time. Travel through the exhibits chronologically, from the Nazi rise to power to the liberation. You can experience it all through a series of artifacts, photographs, and personal testimonies. Visit the Hall of Remembrance before you leave to light candles in memory of the victims. An exhibit called Remember the Children: Daniel's Story is designed for kids eight and older, and several other areas are suitable for young children as well as adults. However, children under 11 are discouraged from viewing the permanent exhibit due to the emotional and often horrifying subject matter. Make United States Holocaust Memorial Museum part of your personalized Washington DC itinerary using our Washington DC online trip maker .
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  • Words really fail in trying to describe the Holocaust Museum. It's difficult to fathom this horror but the Holocaust Museum has risen to the task of making sure we don't forget. We must use this knowl...  more »
  • The museum takes a few hours to see it all, but it is worth it if you have time. The exhibits seek to inform viewers of the political and social atmosphere in which Hitler rose to power and examines h...  more »
  • The museum displays and information were informative and well presented. The volunteers and staff were all very friendly as well. However the same can’t be said for the security personnel. Though I wa...  more »
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  • A haunting & powerful museum. The exhibits are beautifully laid out multi-media to demonstrate the atrocities of the Holocaust. They give you the scale, which is so often hard to comprehend, along with the sequence of events. They also have barriers to some videos that protect the visitor from scenes that are too much for some people to bear - especially children. You can hear from survivors. It is a heavy trip, but well worth every moment. One of my students said, "I wouldn't say it was fun, but it was meaningful. I have a new understanding of what happened."
  • It's weird reviewing the Holocaust museum, and even weirder not giving it a stellar review. The memorial inside was well done, and the Theaters/ auditorium inside are both nice...but it would be even better if there was some event going on during your visit, otherwise there just big empty rooms to look at. The "Daniel's Story" exhibit was very well done, it was worth the time just to see that. In the museum's defence there were two holocaust survivors actually present during our visit, but little in the way of holocaust related items to see. The Syrian exhibit was also well done, and I am glad to see the museum extend their reach to current atrocities to raise awareness. It's worth the time to go through and I'm glad we did.
  • This place really touched me. The message was so powerful and even brought some to tears. Great place to go if you have a good 2-3 hours so you can really read everything and have the full experience. The one thing I might say is that this may not be the best place to go for younger children; some of the information, pictures, and videos shown can be considered frightening or graphic. Make sure you arrive early so you can get tickets to the permanent exhibit if you do not have them already. Anyone that has worked in the military or is a federal worker can get tickets for them and their family without waiting in the morning. Just go in through the medal detectors and go to the information desk and tell them you work for the government or are a soldier. If you can’t get a ticket, the rotating exhibits are amazing too, some being more interactive than others. The Daniel’s Story exhibit (rotating) is great, especially for the younger children. All together a great, educational place to visit.
  • One of the most moving museums I've had the opportunity to explore. The information, architecture, and displays invite contemplation and deep reflection. I would recommend getting timed ticket entrances for smaller groups or individuals wanting to visit. I always take a large school group so we do the group visitation plan. I would also recommend taking High School age students and above. I have seen some middle school students go through and process some of what they see, but I would say that the content and complexity of the concepts require maturity and thought to process. With that being said, there is an exibit on the ground floor designed for younger viewers called Daniel's Story. While it's designed for younger audiences I still recommend all folks to view that.
  • Very eye opening experience. It takes around 2 to 3 hours to get through the whole place, but it's worth it if you have an interest learning about the holocaust. Just a heads up for military, if tickets are sold out for a certain time you can show your military ID and get yourself and your family in. For everyone else, make sure you reserve a ticket if you go during their busy season (March through August I believe). Clean bathrooms throughout the exhibit.

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