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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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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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“Thought provoking”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

Do this last on your list of to do things for the day. You feel emotionally drained at the end. We had the opportunity to hear a survivor speak about her experience. This was voted as the top museum by my students in 7&8.

Visited May 2014
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“holocaust museum”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

over 3 visits to DC, i went back to this museum 3 times. it has a strange attraction, and the brutality of the nazis is difficult to comprehend and fully understand in the first visit. strongly recommend a short first visit, followed by a longer fact finding one

Visited February 2014
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“Very well done”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

Very well done. Took about 2.5 hours to tour the museum. Check in was quick and easy - federal govt employees just go to the information desk and get your free tickets.
Also note that you will need to go through metal detectors on the way in.

Visited May 2014
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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“Not as gruesome as expected”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

We expected that if we started our day here, it would be a dark cloud over the day. We were pleasantly surprised that, while there was a ton horrible images and negative things, there were not gruesome pictures of the dead and tortured prisoners. It is set up very well, with the the rise of hitler on the top floor and the subsequent history on your way back down to the main floor, ending with the freedom of the enslavement camps. It is a lot of heavy sad history, but is interesting. There are did bits of that time period that I did not know. There is a continuous film playing towards the end with people reflecting on the time, some are escapees, some helped jews with freedom/ protection, some reflect on how they wish they could help. All are equally moving and sad.
If you wish to get into the exhibit you need tickets. I am not sure if you can reserve them on line, but they do hand them out outside the building until they are gone. If you are a veteran, ask at the counter for tickets. They were out of tickets the day we went, however when discussing the disappointment of not being able to see the exhibit as a veteran, they stated they have a few tickets they hold for veterans. You must show your ID though.

Visited May 2014
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Staff and volunteers need sensitivity training desperately!!!”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

My husband has MS and cannot stand for hours in queues. We tried by various means to get tickets where he would not have to wait for a long time.

The staff and voluteers in this facility all need sensitivity training. All that I spoke with including on the phone when I called were very rude.

For a place that is trying to teach understanding and equality for all, this place showed no compassion for someone with a disability.

My husband is also a US veteran but as he left the military many years ago he does not carry any military ID anymore. So they would not believe him. If he could have produced military ID he would have got more consideration and gone to the head of the queue.

I emailed the museum with my concerns and received a standard response that they get so many emails they cannot guarantee answering any.

So much for their quote "what you do matters

Visited May 2014
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