The US Holocaust Memorial Museum brings us back to the times of World War II & the death of millions of Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, & many handicapped people. This museum will bring no smiles to your lips except perhaps until you reach the end of the exhibits when you realize that there are some saviors & heroes who tried to save those who were to die.
This is a must see museum for people all over the world. We say that we must never forget what happened during the Holocaust, and that what happened should not be repeated. It has happened again, but on a different scale.
Children are welcome to this museum as well. There are some graphic footage, like experiments done on humans by the Nazis, but it is surrounded by a wall so that children are not able to see it. There is a special exhibit for children as well.
Definitely put this museum on your list of places to go.
A stunning tribute to a historical tragedy, the Holocaust Museum's collection is a winding trail of history. The permanent exhibit is available only via special pass obtainable at tickets.com or at the museum the day of visit. Arrive early for tickets and either immediately enter the permanent exhibit or ask for a visit at a later hour. The permanent can get easily crowded during the peak midday hours and it becomes difficult to read or view some exhibit items. While entry time is set, visitors are encouraged to stay as long as they please. The actual architecture of the museum is a work of art. The main hall replicates the look and feel of an industrial building (concentration camp) with exposed brick and ominous structure. Large overhead skylights, however, flood the main hall with sunlight throughout the day. Perhaps the most humbling room in the exhibit is the Tower of Faces, a photographer's lifetime work of a small Jewish village's occupants almost completely wiped out during World War II. The photographs cover daily life, special events, and posed subjects crowded and so numerous it is difficult to see each individual picture. Other humbling exhibit highlights include a section on Kristallnacht and extensive coverage of international actions (or inactions) throughout the time period. All exhibits are presented as a chronological narrative divided into three sections: "Nazi Assault", "Final Solution", and "Last Chapter". At the end of the permanent exhibit, visitors are invited for a moment of silent reflection and to view the eternal flame in the Hall of Remembrance. The museum hosts 2-3 special exhibits at a time. Current exhibits include a new Schindler exhibit, the Berlin Olympics, and the artwork of Arthur Szyk. Special exhibits are often created by the museum and are available to other museums worldwide.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a must see. I can't say it is enjoyable but it is something everyone should learn about and go visit even if just to pay respect to the thousands killed. It is not recommended for children under 11 but there were a lot of children in there when I went. They have tall walls around televisions showing more graphic images so that children can't see. You need a timed pass to get in here which you have to stand in line for or you can buy tickets on line for a very small fee ( as i did ) which works out well if you don't have time to wait around.
The Holocaust Museum
A moving tribute to those millions of Jews who perished tragically during the Holocaust.