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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.
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Very touching experience, too bad I didn't have enough time to go through everything as calmly as I would like. We were here on a Monday in early June. We arrived at 1:45PM and got a ticket to enter the main exposition from 2:15 to 3:15 (that time is just to enter, you can stay for as long as you would like). During the 30 min we had, we checked out the rest of the museum, it had a very touching temporary exposition about this little boy's story that made me cry. The main exposition has 4 floors and it is just breathtaking: we took 1 1/2 hours to go through it because that was all the time we had but I wished we had allowed double that time. The museum has a great selection, and is well organized. I don't see anyone leaving without reflecting on themselves and the world around them. Highly recommended for all cultures and ages teen and up.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Of course, this museum is meant for visitors to reflect and appreciate the sacrifice of others...it is not "fun" but I was certainly glad that we visited. We arrived just before opening on a rainy day. There was a crowd but the staff was very organized as far as tickets and timing goes so that made the process of entry very smooth! This is full of many exhibits that are not child friendly and they are marked as such, however, the obvious nature of the museum lends itself to older children. I was a little annoyed with the groups of unsupervised school children who would carry on and rough house. That seemed very disrespectful but certainly not the museum's fault!

Thank Erin G
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

It's an emotional experience! Even if you know a lot about all this tragic episode, you will still learn many things. The permanent exhibit is very well organized. I thought the temporary exhibits were a bit confusing though, without many signs to guide you around.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Be prepared to remember and reflect. It was very moving and I am not Jewish but I have learned through my English literature classes about the concentration camps. This was so moving to go see, read and hear about the events myself.
Spend time and reflect.

1  Thank triotrois
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Allow plenty of time to go thru this museum - anywhere from 3-4hrs & get there right when it opens for there will be a line. The closer you are in line, the closer you'll be able to get in right away, otherwise, you will be provided a time to come back to tour ... so plan your day accordingly. Tour consists of a lot of reading ... younger children or perhaps teen children may get bored.

Thank Stacey C
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