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“Intense museum, but one of the very best”

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 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Holocaust Museum is a must see.

The exhibits are so dense that you can visit 15 times and see something new every time.

We have now taken our 13 year old and it was intense. Our 11 year old is hankering to go.

There is so much meaning there, and such important lessons that is call it must see. At the same time, so so sad.

Highly recommended.

Thank moorthyr
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did visit with our family and school age children. They really enjoyed the "Daniel's Room" exhibit. After seeing that first, it was easier for them to understand the different sequences. There are some graphic videos, but the museum has them sheltered so that it's more difficult for young children to see them accidentally. It was very moving for our entire family, and the kids got a lot out of it. I wouldn't skip this museum just because of children in the group. We did have a conversation about solemnity and being respectful of other visitors which also seemed to help our kids understand the museum.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the Smithsonian museums, and the art museums- but for my "money" (figure of speech, this museum is free) this is the best museum in DC. It's extremely well organized and easy to follow- its laid out chronologically and follows a linear timeline to present the events of the holocaust. Its also a very controlled, and reverent environment and very quiet. The ticketing can be a little challenging if you want to show up on the day of, you may need to wait to enter. But the reason for this makes perfect sense, in order to control the crowds and the tone/noise in the exhibits, which makes for a deeper experience in the main exhibit. While you wait for your timed entry, though (check online and plan ahead) there ARE exhibits downstairs and a gift shop to browse.

Thank AmandaSuttonE
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think it's incredibly important to visit this memorial museum. It's really well done. I recommend signing up for (free) tickets to the permanent visit online ahead of time. They fill up pretty fast. It can still get crowded in the summer, even with reserving tickets in advance, but don't let that deter you.

Thank Lindsay M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I actually was able to visit Auschwitz (in 1978) in my college years, so I was emotionally "braced" for my visit to the Washington DC Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Even with that preparation, this visit was more than sobering. Unlike that visit in Poland 40 years ago (which was a colossal "punch-in-the-gut" simply showing the processes and "output" of that place...), this museum focuses on the varied multitudes (with many, many individual stories...) that were forced into it. I assure you, this will be an experience that you will feel was utterly essential, and that you will never forget...but will probably never want to repeat:-(

Lastly, I feel the architecture needs kudos: it's powerful, and helps tell the Holocaust exhibit stories incredibly well. (If you want more information on that, look up James Ingo Freed...the architect)

I usually close my reviews with "enjoy", but that word seems grossly inappropriate for this. Let me try this instead: You will learn more about the Human Condition (both good and evil...) in your 2 hours here than in years of a normal American life....take it in!

Thank Leonard K
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