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“A moving experience”

Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
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2-Hour Group Guided Tour of Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum
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Jerusalem Full Day Tour
Ranked #2 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center is a 45-acre campus comprised of indoor museums, outdoor monuments, gardens and sculptures. Entrance to Yad Vashem is free. Entrance to the Holocaust History Museum is for ages 10 and up.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
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“A moving experience”
Reviewed February 8, 2011

Being Polish I am very well aware of the history of both our nations. I have been to both Auschwitz and Birkenau, and despite knowing almost everything there is to know about the Holocaust my brief visit to Yad Vashem was definitely worth my time. Beware that the museum is very big and if you want to go over each and every exhibit you should reserve at least half a day. The exhibits were arranged in a logical order and each and every one of them was well described and interesting for the average visitor. The idea with planting the trees to symbolize people who have been involved in helping Jews during the holocaust was very inspiring. It was really great to see so many polish names. Yad Vashem is definitely worth visiting.

Visited February 2011
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“Outdoor attractions steal the show.”
Reviewed December 31, 2010

I visited Yad Vashem my last day in Jerusalem, it is a 10-15 minute taxi ride from the Old City. I went on a Sunday around 10:00AM and the crowds were already forming, so it is a quite popular attraction.

Essentially the grounds are divided into a didactic indoor Holocaust History museum and various exhibits outside of the museum proper more suited to reflection and remembrance. The indoor museum is divided into about 8 sections, recounting the beginnings of anti-Semitism, Hitler's rise to power, the Final Solution, etc. Being a fairly serious student of the Holocaust I found little new here but the emphasis on Jewish Resistance and the Einsatzgruppen were appreciated. The audio guide was helpful but certainly not obligatory; English signage was excellent.

The outdoor exhibits were easily the highlight for me and I spent a good 90+ minutes walking around the grounds to experience them. The Memorial to the Deportees, Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations, and Children's Memorial (wow) among others were very appropriate and moving.

I would highly suggest not only an obligatory visit here for visitors to Israel but please also set aside time to experience the outdoor grounds. Highly Recommended.

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“i wasnt born yet”
Reviewed October 27, 2010

the site was interesting but i kept feeling like they were blaming all non jews for the holocaust.they even have exhibits that basically say that. avoid the tunnel of lights and mirrors, may cause dizziness and vertigo.this period in human history is one of the lowest, yet those of us who were not born yet shouldnot be blamed for it especially if you are not german.you probably should avoid having an older israeli guide, like we did.

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“Words cannot describe”
Reviewed August 27, 2010

One of the most moving experiences of my life. While I appreciated the Kotel, it is here that the tragedy that created Israel is really driven home. Every Jew knows all the details on the Shoah, it is the videos of the survivors and their recollections that are the center of this exhibit. And then there is the symbolism of the museum itself. It is a long tunnel with large windows at the end, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, but you must first experience the horrors of the Nazis before you can get to this spectacular view overlooking the Judean Hills. My eyes tear up just thinking about it. Then you go to the memorial, a simple display of eternal lights for each concentration camp. Don't miss the childrens memorial, it is also starkly simplistice.

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“Gut wrenching”
Reviewed July 31, 2010

Yad Vashem is an exhausting experience. Not just physically, but emotionally too. The exhibits are logically laid out and easy to walk around. There's a lot to see - give yourself a half-day at the very least to really soak up the atmosphere and absorb all that you 're seeing. And don't plan on doing much afterwards - you just wont be in the mood ... Yad Vashem leaves you feeling drained, distraught and upset. An interesting experience is to sit and watch people as they exit the museum. The looks on their faces are as telling as the exhibits inside.

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