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Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Ranked #33 of 612 things to do in Los Angeles
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Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Not a well known a traction so certainly not crowded. It is smaller than other museums but well organized and very visual. Also free. I would recommend skipping the guided tour and doing the audio tour. We missed so much info by the guided tour and did not have time to redo the whole museum with the audio. Would appreciate some labels on things to help with the guided tour rather than just numbers meant for the audio tour. I realize that the guides are volunteers and try to do an effective job but people in our tour group had more info than the guide. Also did not appreciate her frequent guilt trips placed on visitors that were not Jewish. Frequently saying " how could you stand by and let this happen" when actually in the group there was no one that had even been alive at the time

2  Thank ozarksun
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

This is a well thought out and respectful display of a tragic episode in our history.

We are a family of five with three teenagers and wanted to visit this museum. We only knew about it as we saw it on one free map given to us but boy was it really hard to find! Even our trusty sat nav kept sending us to the Museum of Tolerance! We kept asking people living in the vicinity and no one had heard of it or would direct us to Pico Avenue to the Museum of Tolerance. On the point of giving up and going to another museum we asked one gentleman who did direct us to here. I understand that the museum is new and only three years old but surely an important subject as this should be more widely advertised? Hence the review to help elevate its status on trip advisor .

The museum is well planned and laid out in chronological order of dates and events generally. There were lots of moving visual displays and illuminated photos of real people and milestone events with informative audio which you could choose to listen to by selecting numbers on an iPod given to you. Some of the subject matter in particular was hard to listen to eg ?545 about Dr Mengele and his experiments on children and twins and the roll calls in the concentration camps.

Initially I felt that each piece of audio was perhaps too long as I wanted to know find out more about many of the images, but I came to the conclusion that some subjects just cannot be rushed over and that this museum really needs more than just one visit of a couple of hours.

A really excellent museum all in all, but it needs to be more obvious and better advertised.

6  Thank JHSimpson
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

On our trip to CA we decided to add a bit of history to the trip. My teenage daughter is very interested in the Holocaust and asked if we could visit this museum. We didn't realize how hidden the museum was.... we drove around the block several times before realizing the museum parking is underground with no signage advertising the museum at all. It was like they wanted to keep the museum a secret. We had to be let into the gate and were told to come directly to the front desk.

The museum is free; however they do ask for a donation upon departure, which is well deserved for the quality of the displays and the information that was provided.

Upon arrival we all had to submit our Drivers Licenses, which were returned to us upon departure. We were also given IPods with headphones which led each of us through the museum at our own pace, which was nice because with 3 kids all at different age levels, this gives everyone the opportunity to view the displays and hear the stories that they are most interested in.

The displays were unbelievable for being such a small museum. We felt privledged to be able to view such items and hear such stories, albeit horrifying and saddening.

So when in LA and you need a dose of reality stop by the museum and pay tribute. You won't be disappointed......at least we weren't.

5  Thank raynor5fam
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

This place is different then The Museum of Tolerance. This is about the Holocaust, the people/families who were there and about family members who died. It is full of information and you can get headphones and an iPod touch so that you may listen to someone tell you about the articles and people they are showcasing. There is a wall in the museum that is lined with TV screens. You can type in a number associated with the screen and listen to the person's story who is on the screen at the time. We enjoyed this museum as we walked out learning more about the Holocaust and the history.

1  Thank KCJ44
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

I was disappointed because I thought it would be similar to the museum in Washington D.C. but it was small and did not have the dramatic displays of items like the Washington D.C. museum. I did not like how everything was audio and the information was all given through the ipod. There are 31 hours of audio to listen to if you listened to every exhibit number. Too much information and not enough visual aids.

1  Thank Seibs
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