United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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. The Museum is open seven days a week. It is closed on Yom Kippur and Christmas Day. Free timed-entry tickets are required to enter the Museum building and can be reserved on our website.
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Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
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  • Smithsonian • 5 min walk
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Tashie d
12 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
A very moving experience not to be missed. The museums presentation of a very sensitive subject was excellent. Whilst horrific, it’s a good reminder that this part of history should never be repeated.
Written 21 November 2022
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Helen B
Uxbridge, UK704 contributions
Sep 2022
This museum does a good job of opening your eyes to the horrors of the holocaust, it does rely heavily on printed display and video footage so does not make it feel as real as a trip to Anne Frank's House or Auschwitz would.
Written 13 November 2022
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mngopher21
Blaine, MN9 contributions
Oct 2022
Highly recommended. Very somber experience. The museum includes a lot of photos and written text to read and learn. I wish it contained more artifacts; can't compare to the 9/11 Museum in NYC (which includes thousands of artifacts).
Written 8 November 2022
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snshankle
Shreveport, LA12 contributions
Nov 2022
Very moving museum. There were some pictures and videos that made me upset bc of the graphic nature but the information was very interesting, I highly recommend for teenagers and older. IMO this is not suitable for young children.
Written 5 November 2022
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Isabelle L
La Habra, CA6 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
It had a lot of cool things to see but we didn't end up seeing half of it because the design of the museum was so terrible. Staff weren't really honoring timed ticket and people with 114t tickets were getting in at 1030. As a result there was a huge line getting into the museum and took us about 20 min just getting in the museum. Once inside the museum it was only a one way direction so everyone was jam packed into the same starting point which is a dimly lit room with narrow hallways. It was so packed with bodies that we couldn't even skip ahead to leave the exhibit. It had a lot of great exhibit but the design of the museum was so terrible it was not an enjoyable experience. The line was significantly shorter as we were leaving so if you do this museum do not go first thing in the morning.
Written 4 November 2022
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Bill A.
Austin, TX17 contributions
Oct 2022
This had some haunting items from the war (tons of shoes that survived the concentration camps), but IMO the overall experience was just average. Dark, narrow hallways with poor lighting made it a crowded experience. Poor lighting and too many posterboards with unreadable type left a lot to be desired. Also, everyone is funneled to the top floor initially which gets the whole thing off on the overly crowded, hard to see anything experience.

Bottom line, probably worth doing but keep expectations in check. Could be and should be a lot better, presentation-wise.
Written 1 November 2022
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Wynne W
Auburn, AL205 contributions
Oct 2022
In a city of amazing museums, the Holocaust Museum is the best. Every American should make it their goal to visit and learn about the heinous acts of the Nazi regime on an innocent people...we must learn our history so that we don't repeat it.
Written 26 October 2022
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SuperDuper Coach
Mitcham, Australia180 contributions
Oct 2022
Very well done museum. We arrived at 2pm thinking we’d spend 90 minutes there. We left at closing time of 5:30 and didn’t see it all.
There are a few side exhibitions like the childrens tile wall but there is one main exhibition, which at present you need the timed entry ticket for. You line up and they let people in, in batches, to keep numbers down. You get in an elevator and go to the 4th floor then work your way back down, following a controlled one-way path through all the exhibits.
While the first bit was really packed and hard to get near the exhibits, the rest was busy but tolerable.

The museum steps through pre-war Germany and the plight of the Jews, then a LOT of detail about the death camps, and then a shorter section about the establishment of Israel and other post-war happenings.

Lots of photos, movies, diagrams, graphs, and a room-sized scale model of Auschwitz.
I thought I already knew a lot about the holocaust but what struck me is the extensiveness of the killing across many death camps, labour camps, concentration camps, random shooting sprees, the whole lot – across 5 years.
Millions of Jews slaughtered, and millions of prisoners of war also. They also went after the Gypsies and the Jehovah’s Witnesses and other groups.
Hitler had dozens of high-ranking officials working on facilitating the killing.
The museum personalises the stories to really bring home what a terrible blight on human history this was.
The period between 1933 and 1939 was a horrible period for the Jews, and how did the world not see this coming? Probably, because until 1940 Hitler really just wanted the Jews relocated, apparently. When this couldn’t happen, he devised the final solution.
Written 25 October 2022
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LYL0795
Kingston, Canada18 contributions
Oct 2022
Thought this was going to be what it was once touted to become, a museum that would compare the Holocaust with other genocides that have occurred before and since the Second World War. While this is a well put together museum, and evocative, it is very deficient when it comes to telling the story of the genocide of native Americans, Ukrainians during the Holodomor, the Armenian massacre, Rwanda, what's happening against Ukraine in 2022 and so on. Rather disappointed.
Written 22 October 2022
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Amy Reed
4 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Way too crowded, couldn’t really appreciate any of it. Museum not designed for crowds that it receives. Fascinating exhibits but couldn’t see most of them. Very disappointed.
Written 21 October 2022
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