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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, District of Columbia

100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW, Washington, District of Columbia

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Submitted by: Stephanie K.

This museum is a must-see.  Very informative and educational, but also very sad and haunting. Regardless of how you feel when you enter, by the time you are done with the two-plus hour self tour, you will have found the experience to be extremely emotional. ...

Submitted by: Chenney C.

A self-guided tour that is a truly amazing, intimate and well portrayed of the Holocaust events. I walked out of there feeling incredibly sad, thankful and as well as informed. It is definitely something you don't want to go to after having ice-cream at your favorite parlor. No, that's not what I did. I would only suggest to NOT going during the weekd...

Submitted by: Beverly W.

I had studied since a young child about the holocaust.  Read many books, but this was an experience you will never forget.  Actually seeing artifacts and films on actually happenings was a learning experience.  I did not have a dry eye and elected to wear my sunglasses most of the time.  The many shoes in the train ca...

Submitted by: Sara L.

An amazing interpretation of the holocaust. I've visited 3 concentration camps and I can honestly say that the replications and images you see here are extremely authentic. If you can't get to an actual camp, this would be the next best place to visit for a heart wrenching display of modern history. The kids exhibit is absolutely amazing, making it easier for a smaller child to understand the impact of the holocaust. This is a MUST SEE, it always free which I love because everyone should have a chance to learn about the holocaust. The memorial at the end is also breathtaking. Last thing: love how they added many "2011" touches such as multiple video stations and many uses of technology. I wouldn't change a t...

Submitted by: Becca C.

I didn't realize just how lucky I was to grow up in the DC area with access to all these museums, until I started traveling to the West Coast.  Nothing compares to the depth, power, and lasting impression of this particular museum.  I'd imagine only standing in actual concentration camps in Europe would be more surreal.  This museum makes it tangible....it's more than the sad images on the occasional Barnes'n'Noble hardback book...more than what a website could do. In the beginning of your visit, you are given a passport of a real person that was affected by the Holocaust.  You take the elevator to the 4th floor and work your way through the exhibits.  The 4th focuses on the events leading upto Nazism and th...

Submitted by: Miss E.

I don't think anything I can write here will do this place justice.  It is a beautiful museum, and everyone who visits Washington should see it.  The pictures, the captions, the videos, the artifacts, and the set-up make it one of the best museums I've ever visited. What to expect when you visit:  You can enter the first floor/lobby without a ticket, but you'll need one to see the main exhibit.  You can order your timed tickets online for a small fee, or you can wait in line at the museum the day you visit.  They reserve a certain number of tix at the outdoor box office each morning (first come, first served), so don't panic if they're sold out online.  After you get through security and walk to the lobby, p...

Submitted by: Rachel S.

A must visit for everyone. Even the architecture of the structure is reminiscient of the concentration camps at Auscwitz in Poland during the Holocaust. So well organized. There is no confusion a...

Submitted by: Lesley G.

I really loved this museum...you can't be opposed to learning about the subject.  I did a private group tour with my work and it was a wonderful experience.  However, I had issues when I went back today, because of the extreme crowds.  I had no idea how early you had to get tickets, we went before it opened to have a chance at seeing the main exhibit.  The experience is really cheapened by how many people talk and giggle.  One lady let her daughter climb on the bunk beds... I know this is not really the fault of the museum, but I wonder if the staff could do more to enforce quiet and respect.  Or perhaps the tickets could be good for a window of time to disperse the guests more evenly.  Other than that, its ...

Submitted by: Anna P.

Get there early to guarantee you can get a pass.  There are tons of field trips (naturally) so there are going to be kids, though I don't think this place is very kid-friendly (middle school, fine, 2nd...

Submitted by: Derrick D.

This place was fantastic. It told the story beautifully, and was designed to make you connect with every person who experienced the Holocaust. Unfortunately - and the only reason this place doesn't get 5 stars - is because of the kids. Many school field trips were taking place, and the kids were distracting. Don't misunderstand - I do not have a problem with kids, but for an 'adult' venue, many of them were running around playing with their friends or making jokes about the exhibit. The museum is free for all the right reasons, but for someone like me who would like to take a little time and appreciate what I'm seeing, all the kids were distracting.  At times, it felt like a heard of cattle moving through th...

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