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“Not enough artifacts, just photos and reading. Too crowded.”

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.
Greenville, South Carolina
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“Not enough artifacts, just photos and reading. Too crowded.”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Luckily because of the cold weather and no needed for passes on December 30th we were able to get in within 10 minutes of standing in a queue. The information desk was helpful and we were on the elevator to see the permanent exhibit within 5 minutes of entry. But the crowds there were thick and I could not walk and read the captions and descriptions adjacent to the photos without being jostled. My 10 year old daughter tried and gave up within 10 mins. We wound down the floors quickly. Somehow the pile of shoes did not bring about a great emotional response.

My daughter found Daniel's story to be more absorbing and useful and so did I. Unlike another poster who said this place was not for children under twelve I think that the emotional maturity level is more important that chronological age. May daughter handled it very well.

I would be more moved by visiting the actual places like Auschwitz which I plan to do in the future

Visited December 2013
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“Reflection”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

One of the only museums with airport security. I guess it's understandable in today's world.
The self guided tour starts on the fourth floor and continues down from floor to floor in a chronological order of the atrocities committed by Hitler and the SS, ending with the US freeing those still living.
It's thought provoking and reflective.
We visited on a winter Monday but it was still busy. This is a must see for all .

Visited December 2013
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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“Must see attraction of all religions”
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

We spent 2 hours with our 12 and 14 year old children and that was appropriate balance of time. We did not watch any of the films and skipped over some spots. You can easily spend 4 hours but I think our timing was best for our teenagers. Very powerful and well done.

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Bakersfield, California
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“Dramatic and emotional”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

The volunteers/staff at the museum are extraordinary! The exhibits were well designed and gave the impression that you are participating. I learned a lot. I will never forget walking through and around the train cars.

Visited March 2013
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“Just...wow.”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

This is an amazing museum dedicated to this horrific event in history. If you only have time for a few of the museums in D.C this must be one of them. Being given your identification card on entrance is such a great idea to really make you identify with the victims. So much of this museum is hard to swallow but it's so important to see so that hopefully something like this never occurs again.

I really wish that I had had all day to go through this museum but I only had a few hours before I had to leave D.C. More time was really needed to be thorough.

Visited November 2013
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