United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Tickets are only needed from March 1 to August 31 to visit the Museum's Permanent Exhibition, which tells the history of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. Exhibitions Include: Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust Spanning three floors, the self-guided Permanent Exhibition presents a narrative history of the Holocaust and features historical artifacts, photographs, and film footage. Personal objects and the concluding eyewitness testimonies highlight the stories of individuals. Recommended for ages 11 or older. The Portal: A Real-Time Conversation with People Forced to Flee Persecution The Shared Studios Portal allows you to have a face-to-face conversation with someone in another part of the world-as if you are standing in the same room. Through this installation, visitors will be able to converse in real time with displaced persons or refugees in Iraq, Jordan, and Germany Remember the Children: Daniel's Story Representing the experiences of many Jewish children during the Nazi era, "Daniel" narrates through his diary the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand. Recreated environments present life in a middle-class German home, in a Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland, and finally at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The exhibition is explicit without being graphic. Recommended for ages 8 or older. Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust addresses one of the central questions about the Holocaust: How was it possible? The central role of Hitler and other Nazi Party leaders is indisputable. Less well understood is these perpetrators' dependence on countless others for the execution of Nazi racial policies. Within Nazi Germany and across German-dominated Europe, circles of collaboration and complicity rippled throughout governments and societies wherever victims of persecution and mass murder lived.
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Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • Smithsonian • 5 min walk
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steph
United States81 contributions
If you've never been to one before..
Jun 2021
I went here with my 2 teenage daughters and when we left, my 14 year old summed it up with 'it's the same as the others.' I realized she was right - it must be a theme for me, but I have taken them to the Museum of Resistance and Deportation in Lyon, the Museum of Surrender in Reims, and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. If you've been to a Holocaust museum before, I'd recommend using your time elsewhere.
Written June 28, 2021
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Shana B
Ann Arbor, MI79 contributions
Family trip
Jun 2021
The Holocaust museum is difficult to describe. The topic of the museum is so important, I feel everyone should visit at least once. The information provided is comprehensive, and presented in an interesting and thought provoking way. The feeling of the museum is somber, and the atmosphere is quiet. I would recommend for teenagers and up.
Written June 25, 2021
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Brian B
Peoria, AZ1,022 contributions
Worth Our Time
Jun 2021
We now have seen 2 Museum's and 1 Transition Camp all of which are very sobering. The US Memorial is lengthy we spent 4 hours inside. It's almost to much to take. But glad we went it's hard to comprehend this took place let alone it still happens today. I would encourage everyone to see this museum.

Book in a week or more in advance.
Written June 21, 2021
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Kirk B
Murfreesboro, TN155 contributions
Sobering
Jun 2021 • Family
We did not see the main tour as we didn't decide to get tickets early enough. That was probably for the best as our kids are a bit young for the graphic nature of that tour.
Written June 4, 2021
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Gerard G
East Lyme, CT22 contributions
Great telling og history
Apr 2021
The Holocaust museum is quite an experience.Very difficult to see but also necessary.
In 1970 we were at Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam.This is a history that needs to be told.This museum is very well done and more complex than the Anne Frank house.Both are excellent.
Now it is more timely for the younger generation.
Written May 21, 2021
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Katie
Plymouth, MA84 contributions
Very Powerful
Apr 2021 • Family
*April 2019
We only saw Daniel’s Story, as were were limited in time, but it is a must-see. The exhibit was designed for kids, but it was really amazing. The temperature dropped , the lights dimmed, and the ground changed as we walked further into the Holocaust. I heard the rest of the museum was great, too.
Written April 17, 2021
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Carl Granata
Titusville, FL7 contributions
6 million eyes are watching you .....and Thanking you!
Jan 2020
"Hi to all my faithful readers." I would like to start my newest trip to Washington DC with you. Share my wife and my loves, dislikes, sorrows, and tears we shed many times as we traveled one of the most incredible cities in the world. We had wanted to go to Washington for some time. I believe people don't realize the grandeur that exists right here in this beautiful country known as America. Probably Washington has all a person could want as far as grandeur, history, political ideals, museums, i could go on and on. But here at the Holocaust Museum we found something that will live with us forever. We saw everything I assure you. But nothing like this incredible museum. Within it lies the truth of human hate for another race for no other reason but just to hate! The hallowed steps will walk you through the lives of the Jewish race preyed upon but Nazi Germany. As we walked through this museum we saw things that brought tears even to my eyes. Pictures of babies, women, children, families, people of all ages who were slain in gas chambers and many kinds of terrible deaths. To horrifying to even say here. But I needed to see the truth so I went on...I walked on to see thousands of old shoes. I mean thousands of all sizes in a section reading what they were my heart skipped a beat. I actually sat down and cried! For they were the shoes of those killed in the gas chambers at Auschwitz and Shoah. I looked again in disbelief but it was real.
As you walk further there are many movies depicting the stories of the plight of the Jewish race and the absolute hate the Nazis had for them! Now i want to say something here before I go on. German people are a wonderful people. I was in the country and they treated me as king. They are a loving people with great family values. They are ashamed of the past and what happened during the 2nd World War! There is nothing hateful about German people. The Nazis do not encompass the ideals of Germany!
Now to go on. There is a stairway showing pictures of those killed during this climactic time. You will look and see children of all ages, babies, women, young boys, men, I mean everyday people murdered without conscious or caring. I could go on and on my friend but to finalize what brought me to a standstill was standing within a gas chamber!!! Yes there is one there that was actually used to kill many of the beautiful people. All i could do was shake my head in disbelief. There is a great deal more to see friends. I will say this I left there a different man that day. My minds eye couldn't get out of its thoughts the reality i had seen.
I have been all over the world. Seen many things. Sang all over met so many wonderful people and enjoyed them all! I have treasured my life to people because we are all of worth! We all have something to give back to the world. I will continue to give back even if it is writing to you here. But most of all my friends never forget we have so much to give one another! God be with you all! And being Italian I leave you with my usual Goodbye...
pace e amore..Carl
Written December 6, 2020
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smiller324
Indianapolis, IN35 contributions
Incredible, but slightly underwhelming
Dec 2019
There is no mistaking the impact the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has on the mind, body, and soul. From being assigned a number, to seeing the shoes of those who died, it is one that really resonates. However, I did expect the museum to have more artifacts, which they might have added more from the last time I went (in June 2018) but nonetheless, highly recommend.
Written November 9, 2020
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Susan Smith
30 contributions
Highlight to the day!
Mar 2020
This was an extremely interesting museum. It was one of the best that we visited. Really makes you think about what it was like back then...............
Written October 25, 2020
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Face P
36 contributions
Emotional Heart wrenching Atmosphere
Oct 2019 • Family
A place that holds the horror of the past. It’s beautifully laid out even though it contains horrific times of what people had gone through and suffered under other people. It’s a must see. If you’re visiting DC you need to go visit the Holocaust Museum. Be prepared to have your eyes and hearts and minds filled with exhibits and images that will question how can a human hate another human even children so much that they are willing to perform monstrous and heinous acts upon them just because they are different and in the name of God. It’s scary then and scary now.
Written September 27, 2020
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