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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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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.
Reviewed 18 May 2014

The museum is rather big, and I would recommend to take a few hours out of your day to go through the entire museum. The museum speaks for itself.

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

This was the best part of our DC trip. This museum is sobering, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, horrifying, uplifting and something which should be experienced by all adults. Not sure how much a child can gather from the experience, but I was impressed that the children in the permanent exhibit were kept in check by their parents and acted respectfully.

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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

I can't recommend the holocaust museum enough. The guides on the free tours are extremely good, and many have a personal connection to the holocaust. On entering the permanent exhibition, you pick up an identity card for a real person - which tells you about how their life changed. It's these personal touches that really make this a fantastic museum, and my favourite to see in DC.

Thank Andy529
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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.

Thank Crewchic
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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

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