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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Important for families to see”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

We went to the Holocaust Memorial Museum with our children ages 14 and 12. This museum is really well done and touched all of us. Next time, I will arrange for a tour guide. I saw and heard many tours going on, and I think the guide brings something extra to this museum.

Visited April 2013
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“Tough tour”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

This museum is excellent, although may not be great for younger childern who are unable to understand what happened. For those who have tweens or teens it is a great trip. Very depressing to have an inside look at what happened and what really went on is some of these camps and the pure evil Hitler unleashed on people. Good stop, but very depressing.

Visited April 2013
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Key West, Florida
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“Tear Jerker- Worth the Wait”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

This was an amzing museum. I went when I was in grad school and this time took my husband. Again, I was amazed by all the exhibits. The "Identification card" given out at the beginning is a great touch and really puts you in the moment. The shoes always get me- this museum can be graffic- but they do have a few child friendly options as well.

Visited April 2013
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Portland, Maine
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“Stick to the permanent exhibit.”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

My Mom and I made a trip to DC from Maine, and this was one of our main reasons for coming. We visited on a Friday and it was PACKED. Tons of people, and then SEVERAL large school groups. We got our ticket for the Permanent Exhibit and then explored the rest of the museum before our spot was up. Honestly, there wasn't nearly enough to fill the hour and a half we had to spend... we walked through Daniel's Story in about 10 minutes and then were wondering, what else? There were a few spots to watch short movies, but not much else. The Permanent Exhibit was fantastic, but SO PACKED... for the first 10-15 minutes it was elbow-to-elbow, totally right up against each other, but it eventually thinned out, thankfully. I think we both felt like we missed a ton because of this... so many people in front of you (and behind you), you feel like you can't take the time to really explore and read everything (and there's LOTS to read). But the room of shoes is something that will never be forgotten.

Visited April 2013
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“A must”
Reviewed 15 April 2013 via mobile

Definitely not for kids under 11 or so. If you can plan accordingly get your tix on line in advance so you don't have to wait in line for over an hour just to get your daily tickets.

Visited April 2013
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