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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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“Very moving.”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

The atmosphere here is like nothing I have ever experienced before. Be aware bring smaller children, some parts can be graphic. The building and the exhibits are very well placed and full of history. I was moved. No photography is allowed and you need at least 2 hours minimum.

Visited February 2013
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“Very educational and well done museum”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Well thought out presentation. They have you flow through the museum in a way that keeps you focused and engaged. We took our 11 year old son and I was a little concerned it might be too much for him, but he learned a lot and we all walked away with a greater understanding of that horrific time in history.

Visited February 2013
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“If this doesn't move you, you have no soul!”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

The museum is set up to make you feel like you are in the exhibits. It does an excellent job portraying the events and making you feel what it was like. The stories are horrifying and moving. This is a "must see" on your DC visit.

Visited February 2013
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“Even if you think you can't, you need to visit”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

When I visited DC in 2007, I didn't visit the Holocaust Memorial because I've actually been to Dachau and had seen enough. In 2012 I worked up enough courage / curiosity to visit. The building is very imposing and cold. Many museums have a dull roar as people discuss and walk by but the respect and the quiet this museum inspires is off-putting. You might hear whispers beyond the video presentations and that's it.

The museum leads you through the whole history. I found myself reading every single caption. Even if you're quite versed in history, you'll learn something new. The photos of the victims and possessions such as shoes or suitcases shows you the enormity of what happened. Artifacts such as the bunks people slept in and a railway boxcar allow you to put yourself in the shoes of someone who actually experienced the Holocaust.

As I recall, our passes were timed. We arrived early and got right in. I can't guarantee as easy a time if it's a busy day so be prompt. There were panhandlers / scammers at the entrance to the nearest metro stop. They tried to give us directions to the museum, then ask for a tip. Exercise extreme caution and be aware of your surroundings.

Many people say the Holocaust Memorial Museum is depressing, and it is. Seeing this museum and telling others what you saw is one small way to prevent such things from happening again.

Visited August 2012
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“a truly moving experience”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

We spent the morning there. We had intended to spend an hour or so, but ended up being there much longer. It was a very moving and humbling experience. Some of it was even more than that. There is a railway carriage that was used for carrying people to a concentration camp that still seems to smell. There is so much to see and think about, everyone should see it. It was good to see lots of young people there too.

Visited February 2013
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