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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Extremely well done on so many levels. Thoughtful, respectful, and artful all at the same time. I was very interested in how the museum would present such a horrific event in our history. The multimedia presentations, explanations, historical perspective and personal testimonies are remarkably woven into an exceptional experience. Be aware you need to check in to get a time to start the self guided tour. There are several very well done exhibits to visit while you wait for your designated time to enter the permanent exhibit floors. Highly recommended.

Visited May 2014
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“an amazing experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

The building is as much the exhibit as the exhibitions. It's very hands on, full of young people doing research and exploring which is gratifying. It brings alive a sense of overwhelming powerlessness and gives it direction for involvement to a brighter future.

Visited May 2014
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“No words”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Extremely well presented. Crowded at the beginning, but completely manageable. A must-see, despite the subject.

Visited May 2014
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“Emphasis on education”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

We gave this a pass last time in DC about 8 years ago. Why bother? We've been to Dachau and Anne Frank's house; one more and we'll be depressed enough to commit suicide. But we decided to go after all. Yes, the unbelievable horror is there, but things are presented in such an interesting way you feel more educated than terrorized. No, you certainly won't leave feeling chipper, but you'll feel like you really learned something. Many people had children who seemed fascinated rather than scared. There was even a children's exhibit to walk through, giving a child's perspective at a child's level. Brilliant.

Also, don't miss the wall of tiles produced by children on the lower level. Again, it seemed like they were educated, rather than scared.

This is so popular they have to give out tickets for crowd control on the three floors of the main exhibit. Free from the info desk, giving you a time frame during which you can enter. Get them first, then browse the general area till your time. Volunteer guides provide tours. Allow 2-3 hours at very least. There's an uninspiring cafe in the adjoining building at the back. Also, the back entrance is a lot less crowded for passing through security. If you're planning to visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing next door to watch them make money (literally), you could combine these two for your visits for the day. Just get the Bureau tickets first; they do run out.

Visited April 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited May 2014
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