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“Amazing, enlightening and depressing”

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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 November 24, 2013

This is a must-see in DC; I arrived just a few minutes before 10am and got straight in. It was not as busy as the last time I visited. The whole experience is very enlightening. There is also a new exhibit in the basement about collaboration.

Very worthwhile and no cost to enter.

Thank wombatdavid
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

This is a very moving and emotionally draining museum. The experience is well worth it and the way it is set up is well thought out. Completely recommend.

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

I arrived only 2 hours before closing due to long lines earlier in the day. There is SO much to see and read and you need more than 2 hours. Very impactful, but I found some of the captions a bit preachy, which was off-putting. The museum staff was rude and flippant and basically told us we'd be thrown out at 5:30 on the dot. I get it, museums close, but there are more tactful ways to urge people to be timely. The woman who ushered us into the elevator basically scolded us for coming in so late. Also, the staff should remind people not to stand directly up against the glass of the exhibits blocking everyone else's view - I got so frustrated at people who were completely oblivious to the other people who were trying to read the exhibits and watch the videos. The museum is structured in such a way that you can easily see everything without being on top of it. Even so, a large percentage of the patrons acted as though they were the only people in the museum (of course, I think this happens a lot in this day and age anywhere - people seem to completely lack awareness of their surroundings, which is why they stop right out side of revolving doors and escalators--it isn't specific to this museum).

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

I found this museum to be extremely interesting. There is so much information and the exhibits are very well done. At this time of the year, I didn't have to get a 'timed' ticket ahead of time. Apparently in the summer high season, you have to get a ticket ahead of time as they only let limited numbers in. Definitely recommend it.

Thank PolepoleGirl
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

To see and hear what people would do to others is unbelievable, It was heart breaking and stressful for me a Jew born in the US in 1940 saw what was done to my people by a madman, Hitler. To see what they did and see and hear how our country under FDR did not try to help people to come to this immigrate to this country and had a chance to live like I have is heart breaking and they after the war ended we made no effort to allow many of these refugees to come to America.

You have to go and see this and take your older children.

Thank Alan_MA17
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