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. Make United States Holocaust Memorial Museum part of your personalized Washington DC itinerary using our Washington DC online trip maker .
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  • Words really fail in trying to describe the Holocaust Museum. It's difficult to fathom this horror but the Holocaust Museum has risen to the task of making sure we don't forget. We must use this knowl...  more »
  • The museum takes a few hours to see it all, but it is worth it if you have time. The exhibits seek to inform viewers of the political and social atmosphere in which Hitler rose to power and examines h...  more »
  • The museum displays and information were informative and well presented. The volunteers and staff were all very friendly as well. However the same can’t be said for the security personnel. Though I wa...  more »
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  • This is a fantastic location and I wish the city would contribute more space to historical memorials like this one. I appreciate the enormous amount of detailed information this museum provides but I think it could cut back a little with the text and incorporate more visual exhibits like the shoe room, portrait room and train cart. There is so much to read and the venue becomes so crowded with people that I ended up skipping a lot of the material. Some of the visual exhibits I stated were impactful but then I found myself jostled out of the moment because of the mountain of text each main room contributes. It’s hard to get emotionally attached to the material and at times because of the wealth of stimulation. I became numb to some of the horrific imagery because there is too much of it. I am trying my best to provide good and constructive criticism. Overall I was really pleased with my experience!
  • Amazing museum. I don't normally go to many museums, but my wife and I couldn't leave this one. It was so emotionally charging and deep. We loved it, so much so that we will one day revisit. And donate. Because of the importance to never forget 🇮🇱
  • Great museum. It directs one through a chronological passage of the Holocaust. Very powerful and somber. I appreciated the way it described the American reactions and ill actions when first hearing of the atrocities occurring throughout Europe. The final display was my favorite, highlighting numerous individuals who have contributed to save and hide individuals. Extremely powerful
  • I went right before Christmas and i was so moved by the experience despite me being one of the last people to arrive before closing. I have thought about my experience every single day due to the things I’ve seen. It was the most moving time of my life because of the subject matter and i will recommend this museum to family and friends.
  • The sights and stories were haunting. My biggest complaint though is I was greeted to the museum with a line that wrapped around the building to find they only had one of the 3 doors open with one security guard only. This was miserable seeing as it was 14 degrees outside. And once inside in the permanent exhibit the crowd was heavy and forced me to skip many of the artifacts/stories on the wall. The ones I did read though were very impactful but was left wishing they had planned the route better for people to either go fast or slow through it. Restrooms were another thing that were few and far between in the main exhibit.

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