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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Plaza SW, Washington DC, DC 20024 (National Mall)
202-488-0400
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Ranked #8 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A memorial and museum detailing the rise of Hitler's Germany and the horrors of World War II.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Idaho
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This museum is haunting. I left with a new appreciating for the holocaust. The staff was very helpful and the facility was beautiful. Some of the material was too graphic for my young children. The recommended age was 11.

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Washington, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This museum is a must but be prepared to use those kleenex tissues. Excellent displays and footage. Take an afternoon, morning or even the whole day to explore this excellent museum.

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This museum is amazing. It tackles a very hard subject and does it with grace. Even though the museum has been open for 20 years - it is crowded daily. There is very high security because it is needed. A security officer was shot and killed a few years ago and there have been threats to the museum. Plan early... More

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Freehold, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I had wanted to visit the Holocaust Museum for years, but I didn't think I could handle it emotionally. I attended the museum with my spouse and my kids. Sadly, it was the last day of our holiday and my kids were "museumed out", so I don't think they got much out of it. My husband and I found the... More

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Manly, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

I've been to several Holocaust memorials including concentration camps, and Oswiecim. This memorial really doesn't match the ones throughout Europe. It's focus is solely on the plight of the Jewish community - not much about the other 5 million killed during the Holocaust. Combined with a lot of posters to "never let it happen again" - but there have been... More

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East Berlin, Pennsylvania
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I think the museum itself is beautiful. I think it's easy to navigate the Permanent Exhibit (which you will need a timed ticket for). However, it is hard to "feel" anything when you are surrounded by hordes of people, some of whom have no respect for the subject matter. There were actually small children (under 10 years of age) in... More

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Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is an incredible experience. Leave the little ones behind though. This is NOT a place for kids under 10. (that is even a bit young). This is a place to explore on your own, not as a group and certainly not a place to tend to children and their needs. The exhibits are wonderfully put together. Moving, real, touching... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

With limited time on a whirlwind trip to DC, the Holocaust museum was on the top of my husband's list, but I had already been there. We decided we did everything together - he really enjoyed it. Named it the top attraction of the trip and I agree, there was plenty to experience, even though it was my second time... More

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Portsmouth, Ohio
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Give yourself a lot of time to spend there. You will never be the same after walking through the museum. Mark down at least two or three hours to take it in. It's a must-see. Very emotional and moving. It's interesing because standing in line outside everyone is talking and having a good time. Once you are inside looking at... More

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The way that you walk through this museum and take in all the different information really shows you the gravity of one of the worst tragedies in history. It also helps you to understand the scale of the genocide in a way that books cannot. I spent two hours there and didn't even see everything, but towards the end it... More

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