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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.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

There is a timed ticket entry, although the museum is free. It is worth waiting in line. The exhibits flow downward from the fourth floor to the first. It is incredibly somber and well documented and makes you think. In the spring/summer months, you can hear a Holocaust Survivor talk once or twice a week. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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“A must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

This was my second time there. First time I was unable to see the entire thing because my mother got sick and we had to leave. We spent about 4 hours there this time. If I'd been on my own this time, I would've been there a couple more hours. Very educational. Really makes me think of what I would've done during those times. It's easy to say I'd do the right thing, but would I? It's not for young children.

Visited May 2014
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Stockton, California
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“Make plans in advance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

I had been there before and had no problems getting into the museum, but during the summer months the museum is full. I have also been to Yad Vashem in Israel, the Holocaust Museum there, it has many of the same exhibits and is as respectful of the many lives taken during that time in history.

Visited June 2014
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Important informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

Visited this museum because our interest in this terrible part of history.
After visiting many other sites in the world, including Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland we saw that this museum had an important informative level, especially for the younger generation so that people will never forget this horror.
Some photos and movies are very confrontational, so, be prepared.

Visited May 2014
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“Never forget”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

Stunning. Awesome. Heart-breaking. Gut-wrenching. And in the end, uplifting. The lessons to be learned from the Holocaust must never be forgotten, and this museum makes sure this happens in an unforgettable way. The grimmer exhibits are arranged so that very young children cannot see the horror that was the result of the Nazi's final solution. We must never allow this to happen again, and though many exhibits are gruesome, this museum is ulitmately a testament to the unquenchable Jewish spirit.

Visited September 2013
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