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“Plan a couple hours at least/not for young kids”

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 August 10, 2014

Be sure to get your tickets to the museum at home a few weeks before your trip to the museum as the tickets sell out quickly for the day. Not a great place for kids younger than about 10/12 years old. Very interesting and you could spend a long time there depending on how much detail you read.

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Reviewed August 10, 2014

I got online and reserved our passes because I heard the passes go quickly if you try and get them in person on the day you want to visit. The tough thing is you need to know exactly what time you are going to visit because you have to choose a one hour window to enter and they will not let you enter before or after your window of time. Before visiting this museum, I had visited other Holocaust museums, plus Auschwitz, Dachau, and Terezin. The museum has original artifacts from different ghettos and concentration camps. They have the crematorium doors from Mauthausen, Auschwitz gas chamber door, shoes, etc, so it is not just photos and videos. It is very well done and moving from one event to the other is clear and easy. I can't say I enjoyed the visit, but I do become more aware of the dangers of inaction and intolerance each time I visit Holocaust related sites. I recommend everyone visit this museum/memorial if you can't make it to Europe to see authentic sites. You will still be moved by USHMM and it will be a meaningful experience.

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Reviewed August 10, 2014

This museum is very well done, and it definitely does not shy away from the U.S.'s lack of early involvement that could have spared some of the tragedies; the artifacts and individual stories are amazing.

There is a room near the end of the museum that has thousands of pairs of shoes that were the only remains from thousands who lost their lives...the symbolism of those people's lives and their time spent in those shoes stays with you long after you leave the museum

The museum is near several other attractions in the southern part of the district.

Thank Nathan W
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Reviewed August 10, 2014

A beautiful museum that chronicles a very dark time in history. This is a museum that should not be missed; everyone in my family wanted to see this and we're glad we did. Admission is free.

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Reviewed August 9, 2014

This museum can emotionally break you. Be prepared. Reserve your tickets in advance for the full permanent exhibit on their website, a nominal fee for that, totally worth it. The museum tells the historical and cultural context, the dates and details and the stories of real people who were impacted by the Holocaust. You'll see prison uniforms, piles of shoes, and have a chance to hear stories of the concentration camps. Be aware, there are also ghoulish pictures of body parts from Nazi experimentation. As we see what is happening today in Iraq with the Islamic State, and how they are treating ethnic and religious minorities, we know that this can happen today. This Holocaust Memorial Museum reminds us how hatred can take root and grow and destroy groups of people. It's a lesson for us all on not being silent when we can make a difference.

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