This is an impressive museum that serves to educate people on the Holocaust. I didn't get to go on the 'tour' because we were to late. However, I am told that you are to walk in the place of one of the victim's shoes, given an identity and all information on this person. You then walk through as that person. At any rate, there are a couple free tours you can take... one is the children's tour, which presents the Holocaust to children. Also, there was a special exhibit when I was there that I got to see, and that was very interesting. Anyway, I highly reccommend this, and next time I return I would definitely like to do the real tour.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, off Independence Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets. This museum shows the sad history of the more than one million jews who were systematically killed by the Nazi regime in Germany and German occupied territory during World War II. Photography is not allowed. I would not recommend it for younger children below the age of 12 for the main exhibits, or below the age of 8 for the special exhibit designed for children called Daniel's Story. The images are very disturbing.
I cannot recommend this for young children for obvious reasons. However, for adults this is a good reminder of history and the adage that those who do not remember their history are doomed to repeat it. This museuem reminds us how teaching hatred based on religion or ethinicity in any country can lead to unthinkable horrors on minority racial groups. The purpose of the museum is help make sure this type of event does not occur again.
This memorial to Man's Inhumanity to Man is a tribute to remembering the tragic persecution of the European Jews by Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, sadly there are lots of Holocaust Deniers like The President of Iran but also one must remember that what the Jews are doing to the Palestinians now are like what the Nazis are doing to them before. Again Sadly, one can believe in the saying that "the slaves of today are the oppressors of tomorrow".
Open: Every day, except Yom Kippur and Christmas
Hours: 10 AM to 5:30 PM.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's National Institution for the documentation, study, and intereptaion of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.
It is a very good museum dedicated to the Holocaust...the shoes are what got to me, the thousands and thousands of shoes that used to be worn by people like you & me, secretaries, doctors, lawyers, store owners, moms, dads, kids...that were killed for a man's craziness & madness.
ADMISSION IS FREE!!
'You Are My Witness' Isaiah 43:10 NEVER AGAIN!!
National Holocaust Museum. This is the nations tribute to the 6 million who perished during The Holocaust: 1933-1945. Situated on the Mall, the museum takes up several floors that detail the history of the Nazi Party and the Holocaust. Audio-Visual displays aid the visitor in understanding the evnts depicted in the numerous photos on view. Various items are displayed as well such as a collection of drawings made by children inside the Warsaw Ghetto.
This museum is a must for every visitor. It is a fitting memorial to those who perished. One of the most sobering exhibits in the museum is a hall that includes, amongst other things, a room with a large pile of shoes, worn by the doomed.
Let's be real: the Nazi Holocaust was a pretty unforgettable and fascinating phenomenon, albeit depressing and regrettable. It's an important part of our world's history, and since the permanent collection at the Holocaust museum is free to view, you really have nothing to lose. It may seem a little dark and dreary, but I think it's a great place to take the kids, and I hope to take my children here someday. Plus the museum shop really does have some nice gifts, including some handmade items imported from Jerusalem and books printed in Hebrew. They have some interesting traveling exhibitions from time to time as well.
BEWARE: If you're a hardcore WWII/Nazi/Holocaust history buff, you might find some of the info presented at the museum to be a bit misleading. It's not that it's necessarily inaccurate, but the business of politics has prevented it from being as in-your-face accurate as it could be. Don't let this stop you from visiting, though...it's a worthwhile experience.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has numerous exhibits, focused around the main permanent exhibit entitled "The Holocaust." This exhibit spans 3 floors of the museum and focuses on the Nazi's atrocities during world war two. The main exhibit is self guided and take several hours. This is the best exhibit of it's kind I have seen, but be warned, the images can be graphic and the exhibit is not recommended for children under 11 years old.
The Museum also has several other exhibits including Daniel's Story, which is how children experienced the holocaust. There are also special exhibitions that are at the museum for a limited time.
This is not a fun museum, but a very educational one, focusing on the Holocaust during WW II. The design is very stark, highlighting the horrible experiences had in German concentration camps. Free timed tickets can be obtained in the morning, giving you a specific time to start the tour. There are still some survivors who make themselves available to talk about their personal ordeals. Information is presented about the millions of Jews, Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses and others who were mistreated in these camps.
Most museums, monuments, and exhibits on the Mall commemorate humanity's achievements. The US Holocaust Museum is a reminder of how cruel and inhumane people can be. Even after over 60 years, it's hard to believe that people are capable of carrying out such atrocities. And, as the museum tells us, such things have occurred since then--in such places as the Balkans, the Middle East, Darfur, and Southeast Asia, to name a few places.
Visitors are issued an identity card, which has the history of a real individual who was in the infarmous concentration camps. The entire sordid story of the Holocaust unfolds before you as you tour the Permanent Exhibition. No photos are allowed in here (it's too dark and crowded to get any good ones, anyway).
In addition, the Wexner Learning Center is a valuable resource for historical research. The Children's Tile Wall has tiles painted by local school children. There are side exhibits, such as one about a Jewish boy named Daniel who survived the Holocaust while most of his family perished.
The resistance to the Holocaust is also described. This includes the heroic deeds of Allied spies, Jewish partisan fighters, and those who helped some Jews to escape from the Nazis. One was Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who used his influence and know-how to smuggle thousands of refugees out of Nazi-held Europe.
Yesterday I visited the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. It's my second time there, but probably it will not be my last. It is such a comprehensive museum that I am always learning something new there. Museums are typically educational anyways, but I think this one is especially good. It starts with the rise of Hitler and takes you through the atrocities carried out by the Nazis, all the way to the liberation of the prisoners. Artifacts, photos, and audio help you to understand better what it was like during this period. Various thoughts and recollections by survivors of the holocaust are also on display and add emotion to your experience.
The quality of the museum can be attested by its popularity. It's one of the few museums in DC for which you have to get a timed entry ticket for. On weekends, you may expect a line outside to get through security, though it will go pretty fast. You can get same day tickets for free at the museum, or you can get them on-line for a small fee ($3). Expect to spend 2-3 hours there.
if there's any visit that truly shook me while visiting d.c it was a visit to the US holocaust museum. to learn more about my tour of the museum do view my travelogue. but believe me, this tour is totally worth it!
admission is free but you need passes to view the permanent exhibition, The Holocaust. The Holocaust presents a comprehensive history through artifacts, photographs, films, and eyewitness testimonies and is divided into three sections presented chronologically.
same-day passes are distributed and distribution starts at 10am. passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are timed at 15-minute intervals between 10am and 3:45pm.
allot half a day for a visit to this museum.
For me,one of the top things to do/see was the Holocaust Museum,which certainly represents everything you should know about the holocaust.The building itself is impresive,entering into the foyer where you will be given a passport of a person who was sent to a concentration camp,and to which you follow them until you find out their fate .
The museum follows through the history of the holocaust and all those affected including concentration camp towers,a replica of the Auchwitz entrance and even ovens where prisoners died.
What affected me most was a train carriage,which you could walk into and experience the small amount of room and the room of shoes taken from a camp at the end of the war,as well as the almost total silence as you wandered around the exhibits (and it was very busy when I went)
You cannot fail to be moved or to learn something about history,people and yourself.
The Holocaust Musuem in Washington D.C. opened to the public in 1993. It is a very moving monument to the Holocaust and a place you should not miss while you're in the nation's capital.
The building itself is remarkable: on the outside it's a forbidding, gray, almost prison-like structure. The inside is also somber, at times feeling like a jail. Yet, the building is also very open and fills with light at various times of the day. Visitors are hushed, and the entire place feels somehow sacred. It's an excellent environment for such a serious subject.
The permanent exhibit traces the history of the Holocaust, from its origins in pre-Nazi Germany to its tragic conclusions. The exhibit has photos, documents and videos which are fascinating. You'll spend a lot of time here, looking over all the details. The museum also houses an eternal flame and a suspended walkway, surrounded by glass. The names of Holocaust victims are etched into the glass. Another moving spot: a room filled entirely with shoes (shoes that were taken from Jews as they were sent to their death in the concentration camps).
There are also several special exhibitions which rotate through the museum and will vary depending on when you are there.
Eating, drinking, and smoking are not permitted in the musuem. On entry, all visitors will pass through metal detectors and have their belongings scanned. Video recording is not permitted and photography is not permitted in the exhibitions.
Timed passes are necessary for visiting the Permanent Exhibition and can be obtained at the Museum on the day of your visit or in advance by calling tickets.com at (800) 400–9373. Each day, the Museum distributes on a first–come first–served basis a large but limited number of timed entry passes for use that same day. It's best to get there early in the summer, when the musuem is most crowded.
In the official words, this is America's "institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history." Excellent and moving, the museum deserves the high reputation it has won for seriousness of purpose and the appropriateness of its design. Definitely worth a visit on any trip to Washington - but I would very much recommend giving yourself at least a half-day for the experience, and not trying to "cram" it in with a long list of other Mall sightseeing.
On the southern edge of the National Mall is the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This three story building is dedicated to memory of the six million Jews who were killed by the Nazis during World War II.
The Permanent Exhibit of the museum contains original relics from the Holocaust including: a boxcar used to transport Jews to the concentration camps, the bunk beds where Jewish prisoners lay, and shoes and personal items of the victims. In addition, to film and photos you can listen and watch audio and video testimony from concentration camp survivors
Talk about SILENCE. In spite of the enourmous number of visitors that day, the halls were respectfully silent save for a sniffle here and there from those moved by the powerful exhibits.