United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC

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Pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the Holocaust at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Adjacent to the National Mall, the museum serves as a memorial as well as a platform for documentation and study of that time. Travel through the exhibits chronologically, from the Nazi rise to power to the liberation. You can experience it all through a series of artifacts, photographs, and personal testimonies. Visit the Hall of Remembrance before you leave to light candles in memory of the victims. An exhibit called Remember the Children: Daniel's Story is designed for kids eight and older, and several other areas are suitable for young children as well as adults. However, children under 11 are discouraged from viewing the permanent exhibit due to the emotional and often horrifying subject matter. Put United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Washington DC trip builder.
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  • A remarkable museum that I found to be emotionally moving as I walked through the informative and respectful exhibits of Hitlers rise to power, the anti-Semitic propaganda and the horror of the Final ...  more »
  • I felt a chill as I walked into the exhibit space. You can't help but feel the weight of the lives extinguished. It's a factual, reverent presentation. Nothing is sensationalized. Walking through a ra...  more »
  • I took my boys when they were 9 or 10. It was good for both adults and for children. A remarkably, tragic part of US and European history.  more »
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  • The museum feels like a very long documentary, with walls of text and black and white movies. It does not try to make history appealing to younger generations, and does not use use the shock of the holocaust well. Also, as it was crowded, even were it was interesting there was way too many people in front for me to read and take in what was being presented. I can only recommend this museum to history buffs. If you want your children to learn about the holocaust I suggested you do it at home.
  • One of the most moving and educational places I have ever been. A must see if in Washington. Just can not believe the evil that was in the world at that time. You do not just go and look at exhibits here. You are taken on a journey. You are taken to the top floor and make your way down to the bottom. Passing each segment of the rise of the sick nazi regime, to actually becoming a prisoner in a concentration camp. Highly recommend this place.
  • For such a solemn place, I cant believe how much I enjoyed this museum. It was over the top in regards to information, presentation and experience. Plan on an entire day to fully enjoy. The only thing which was a complete fail was trying to enter the museum. I was infuriated at the security guards approach and attitude while trying to enter - they were yelling at everyone unnecessarily. Even children. If you can stand to pass through without wanting to respond to the guards you'll have an experience of a lifetime. The displays both fixed and digital were incredible. I loved the passport for your "character" as it made more invested in the displays. Parking is within the block and fairly abundant. I recommend downloading the parking meter app to add time to your meter. I will take you 10+ mins just to exit the museum.
  • This is one museum I never, ever wanted to visit. Growing up I had read and seen more than enough to appreciate the horrors that man can bring upon man. Diane, my Dear Wife, needed to see it; so see it we did. It is brilliantly laid out, and tells the story, history and horror of the era. A must if you think that WWII Germany was anything but a nightmare; it was a bloody nightmare, even more so for those poor souls that lived and died during it. Very serious security going in too!
  • A stunning part of history no matter what your religion. Immediately you are emotionally connected to someone who went through this horror, you view photos, videos, and most strikingly see and touch actual objects from the Holocaust. So much to see, so I will definitely go again. Compliments to all involved in this amazing experience. No cost to see this museum.

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