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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Plaza SW, Washington DC, DC 20024-2126
+1 202-488-0400
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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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100 Raoul Wallenberg Plaza SW, Washington DC, DC 20024-2126
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A deeply moving and poignant presentation of the facts and history. I think everyone should see it and take it at their own pace. I was emotional by the end and needed to be by myself for a few minutes

Thank Lesley010866
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have lived in DC for 5 years but never had the stomach to visit the memorial. I am glad I finally took that step. The memorial is truly heartbreaking, but it is so worth it. Strongly recommend it. Ps- Do not miss the temporary...More

Thank Joao Maria S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Vital museum to this terrible part of history. I would not miss this place on a trip to DC. They do a great job of weaving personal stories and the grander messages of the time. This museum makes it personal by offering everyone a story...More

1  Thank Lourdes B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We brought 19 high schoolers to the museum today after the 45th annual Prolife March. We had less than 45min to tour the museum. The atmosphere was quiet and respectful. The story unforgettable. Our teens at share time tonight shared lots of what they learned...More

Thank Doghirch
Reviewed 3 days ago

Go through this museum. Look for similarities between Hitler and the current administration. Control of the free press. Segregation of preferred races vs others. Expectation of loyalty from all. Those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it...

Thank Robert77096
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the Holocaust museum as our last museum for the trip. It was incredibly moving and haunting. A must visit for DC visitors!

Thank SamanthaJoe B
Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum has taken a very sensitive subject and handled it with such care. It was a very emotional visit but we learnt an awful lot despite studying this extensively at School and College. This really is a must visit for everyone.

Thank Laura H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Incredibly harsh and raw, this is a must go visit to every family. Especially during these times, knowing about the past is so important and this museum is very well informed, and with first hand testimonies. We also had the chance to meet a sweet...More

Thank Emily Gramos G
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Holocaust Museum is both touching and profoundly educative. Their permanent exhibit takes you on a journey of not just the actual holocaust itself, but also the conditions that led to it, and the shameful response of other world powers to the suffering of the...More

Thank sushobhan3216
Reviewed 5 days ago

I think this museum is laid out so well. It is presented in such a way that it is respectful and informative. To see some of the artifacts is so moving.

Thank Bellarosso16
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16 January 2018|
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Response from YoavHi66 | Reviewed this property |
Just adding to previous answers is that the museum has 2 possible entrances. If one has a long queue because of students, ask directions for the other entrance.
30 December 2017|
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Response from 24jennysmith | Reviewed this property |
It is a must see and some parts can be graphic. It is essential that you take your time to appreciate all aspects of the museum. The ‘shoe room and picture room’ will leave a life long impression on you.
15 December 2017|
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Response from Terri H | Reviewed this property |
Closed Christmas Day but open other two days. Most Smithsonian museums follow this schedule.