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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Neighbourhood: National Mall
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Address: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Plaza SW, Washington DC, DC 20024-2126
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+1 202-488-0400
10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial...

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Tickets are only needed from March 1 to August 31 to visit the Museum's Permanent Exhibition, which tells the history of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. Exhibitions Include: Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust Spanning three floors, the self-guided Permanent Exhibition presents a narrative history of the Holocaust and features historical artifacts, photographs, and film footage. Personal objects and the concluding eyewitness testimonies highlight the stories of individuals. Recommended for ages 11 or older. The Portal: A Real-Time Conversation with People Forced to Flee Persecution The Shared Studios Portal allows you to have a face-to-face conversation with someone in another part of the world-as if you are standing in the same room. Through this installation, visitors will be able to converse in real time with displaced persons or refugees in Iraq, Jordan, and Germany Remember the Children: Daniel's Story Representing the experiences of many Jewish children during the Nazi era, "Daniel" narrates through his diary the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand. Recreated environments present life in a middle-class German home, in a Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland, and finally at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The exhibition is explicit without being graphic. Recommended for ages 8 or older. Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust addresses one of the central questions about the Holocaust: How was it possible? The central role of Hitler and other Nazi Party leaders is indisputable. Less well understood is these perpetrators' dependence on countless others for the execution of Nazi racial policies. Within Nazi Germany and across German-dominated Europe, circles of collaboration and complicity rippled throughout governments and societies wherever victims of persecution and mass murder lived.

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My second visit. Amazing. I left there today thinking history repeats. We need to DO something about Syria #savesyria

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My second visit. Amazing. I left there today thinking history repeats. We need to DO something about Syria #savesyria

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Simple: YOU MUST GO! The exhibits are truely haunting--I cannot get the image of the thousands of shoes of all sizes and syles just strewn in the bins... The films of Hitler speaking and rousing hatred (and being able to understand what he is saying as I speak German). Perhaps the most moving place I have ever visited; one I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A very difficult subject presented in a very easy and informative way which at times brought tears to my eyes. It's amazing that in this day and age human kind still hasn't learned the lesson of never again. Displayed over four floors with lots of videos and pictures and written information from the beginning of the rise of the Nazi... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I might be wrong but the intended message of this museum was not delivered to me, i wanted so much after my visit to feel the graveness of the massacre but no, all Europeans had a taste of the massacre during the power, the good thing is that a section of the museum shows the syrian, ruwanda, cambodia massacres among... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Thus museum gives you a very detailed, moving understanding of the Holocaust. You could easily spend 3-4 hours here. It is inevitably sad and depressing, however it is worthwhile to spend some time at the exhibits at the end of the museum which tell of some uplifting stories from the holocaust (eg how the Danish people saved their Jews). The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Get your tickets or arrive first thing in the morning. You typically do not need to secure tickets in advance Oct - March and there are less crowds at this time. Very heavy content and probably suitable for children only over 10. Budget 3 hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There are so many words I could use to describe the museum. Sobering, grievous, meaningful, educational. What a horrific event, but it was done very well, as well as something like this can be done. Everyone, all ages, should see this, no matter how disturbing. It is a piece of history that everyone should experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great museum. It directs one through a chronological passage of the Holocaust. Very powerful and somber. I appreciated the way it described the American reactions and ill actions when first hearing of the atrocities occurring throughout Europe. The final display was my favorite, highlighting numerous individuals who have contributed to save and hide individuals. Extremely powerful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum is very sobering and of course shocking and so important to see the horrible treatment of the Jewish people at the hands of a mad man. Very disturbing information but all educated people should know the story. Even if you do, there is much the museum can add to your knowledge and for me so sad how the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had only one afternoon of free time and decided to visit here. It is worthwhile for everyone. When you arrive you are asked to pick up a little card bearing the name of an actual Holocaust victim. It contains a photo and small bio. You can never be reminded enough of this time in history. Pay attention to the... More 

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