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“A "Must See" Museum”

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

If you only see one museum in Washington DC, make sure the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is it. An impressive piece of architecture, the museum is well curated and well planned- moving one effortlessly through the large space while telling a compelling story. The displays are informative and heartbreaking all at once; the experience is quite emotional.

This was my third time visiting and I still saw and learned things I missed in my previous visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We toured this museum with our 11 year old. Daniel’s story is an exhibit specific to children. It tells the story of Daniel a young child pre war and then Daniel during the Nazi years. It was absolutely soul wrenching but such an important lesson and experience to share with our child. I was in tears at the end of the exhibit. The museum is very quiet and solemn as it should be. The atrocities that were put upon the Jewish people leave you feeling a gut wrenching pain as you tour the museum. This museum is a must see in a trip to DC.
The building itself is also an architectural masterpiece. The windows and arches are beautiful. Overall just an amazing experience.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to this memorial twice and it was even more moving the second time. It reminds us of the atrocity driven by hate and a maniacal dictator. It is very emotional so I don’t recommend it to children necessarily. It is an important record of a very sad time in history that we must never forget.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great museum, probably one of the best in DC. Very moving museum with some incredible displays and information.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very well done. The USA should have a 911 museum in DC as well. Sobering. Great documentation and the process of the museum is very thoughtful and intentional. It’s convicting and could happen in our present day as well.

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