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“Depressing but Excellent” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Owner description: A memorial and museum detailing the rise of Hitler's Germany and the horrors of World War II.
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“Depressing but Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

No a place to go to get a lift in life but esstential for everyone to visit - excellent exhibits and delivered in a classy way. Give yourself time as the video interviews are well worth it. Make sure that you have somthing nice organised afterwards.

Visited November 2012
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“A must when in DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The right place to go when one wants to learn about the Holocaust. It sheds a light about the process and circumstances, moving you through those dark times, and helping to realize the awful extents.

Visited January 2012
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Enumclaw, Washington
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“Temperature Warning”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This museum is huge and wonderful and takes a long time to look through. But if you're wearing shorts and a t-shirt because it's 103 degrees outside, plan ahead and bring a sweater because it's FREEZING in the museum. Better yet, bring a parka! I couldn't stay and see all of it because I pert near froze to death so I had to leave early. Just saying... :)

Visited July 2012
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“Emotionally difficult, but necessary!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is an emotionally difficult museum to visit on a holiday; but through the pleasures of life, this museum shows us how ugly discrimination and hatred can be! This museum graphically shows this ugly side of man. It is necessary for all mankind to understand the need for tolerance and love. A museum that must be visited in order to understand how to live our lives.

Visited May 2012
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“Excellent Musuem About Genocide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Holocaust Museum tells the history of the World War II holocaust - the deliberate attempt by Germany and her allies to exterminate Jews, Gypsies, and other ethnic groups. Visiting this museum is a sobering event - be prepared to deal with descriptions and photos of death.

The exhibits follow the time line from the 1920s through the end of World War II, as the radical Nazis come into power and start their program of conquest and ethnic cleansing. You start your tour by taking the elevator to the 4th floor, tour that floor, then continue through the rest of the exhibit on the 3rd and 2nd floors. Before you enter the elevator, an aide will ask you to pick up a small "passport" - these are small pamphletes that tell the history of different people to die in the Holocaust. Mine told the life story of Moishe Menyuk.

The exhibits are a first rate collection of photographs, maps, videos, artifacs, and posters that tell the history of the Holocaust. Some of things you will learn are:
- how the Nazis came to power
- how the elimination of the Jews started slowly and grew into factory-like death camps
- how the Nazis forced conquered countries to also kill Jews and how some did not
- what the Allies did - and did not do - to stop the concentration camps
- what the Allies found when they liberated the death camps.

To get to the museum, take the Metro (parking is scarce and expensive). Get off at the Smithsonian station and look for the signs for the Holocaust Museum. It's a two block walk down Independence Ave. to 14th street. Admission is free. They have a cafe in a separate building - the cafe is just OK, but there is not much else close by.

Allow two hours to visit. Children are not recommended. Photography is not permitted.

If you visit during the busy season (March - August), log onto their website http://www.ushmm.org/ and get a ticket for a specific time of entry.

Visited October 2012
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