United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC

(4.6/5 based on 7,500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This museum is incredibly moving. My only complaint is that the museum staff were very strict, to the point of being almost aggressive, about following the suggested path through the museum, which rui...  more »
  • This is truly a memorial that everyone should experience. Being Jewish and having friends who were in the Holocaust, it is especially moving. They did an excellent job portraying how it could happen a...  more »
  • Just an excuse to hustle people with a guilt trip. The exhibits cast doubt on the whole story. It appears that there were a few hundred thousand people that died of typhus after supply lines were cut ...  more »
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  • It's a great museum but definitely a different kind of experience. Rather than gawking at the bones of a massive dinosaur, a famous painting, or a spy plane, you're looking at the history of the genocidal acts of the Nazi regime. You won't walk out with the traditional sense of "wow, that was awesome" despite the fact that this is an awesome place to visit. It definitely makes you feel closer to the atrocities committed upon the Jews and other groups, it makes it much more than something you had to read about for some class back in school or something you saw on the history channel. It's definitely not a place that small children will appreciate.
  • Incredible and Emotional! Get your tickets months or days in advance as it sells out quickly. They also offer 600 tickets at the door around 9am, so get in line by 8am and you should be able to get in same day. Once inside, prepare to spend several hours...and bring your Kleenex.
  • I consider myself an avid museum visitor and one of the qualities that often differentiates a good museum from a great one is the flow and management of your visit. The louvre for example is horrid in this regard, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is well done. Upon arrival a visitor is given a passbook of sorts that tells the story of one of the millions persecuted by the Nazi rĂ©gime. From there an elevator ride to the top floor and the museum flows in a spiral downward progressing chronologically as you go. The content is emotional and compelling as well it should be. I found my several visits here to be a meaningful opportunity to reflect upon that period of history and the lessons that remain vital today.
  • This museum is powerful. It is my favorite museum in the D.C. area it has the best layout and the information has so much depth. I have been there no less than 5 times and I still see new things. I highly recommend coming in at "strange" days like holidays that are not federal to have as much time alone as you can with this emotion grabbing, solemn, and thought provoking place.
  • We decided this was a must-visit during our DC tour. So glad we went. This place really fills you in on exactly what before, during, and after the war. It is an emotional experience walking through the museum. It was packed, but quiet. Walking through the displays, reading every snippet of information posted, you're surrounded by people doing the same, solemn in the experience. It almost takes on an eerie tone, as you can't help but to put yourself in the shoes of a victim, wondering what it must have felt like living a normal life and then having everything you know be turned inside out. To have your life thrown into a near literal hell. Learning that many people died after the camps were liberated, or even killed after the war, was terrible. Imagine being in a camp, thinking for sure you were going to die there, be liberated, and die from the Allies not being prepared to tend to you properly right away. I say if you're visiting DC, this museum is a must. It is a sobering experience, even if you think you have a decent grasp on what people went through.