United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
4.5
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
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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  • Smithsonian • 5 min walk
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  • jennifera399
    170 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Humble, Informative, and Memorable
    A repeat visit at the request of my youngest. Still an informative and very well detailed museum. Go early to get your free passes to see the live exhibit that you are now allowed to photograph. Also there are survivors available on a limited time throughout the day that you can interact with that we did not have time in our schedule to take advantage of. Goes great with the age group who just finished studying about WWII in school as this was the case in my household. They also still have "Daniel's Story" which is an exhibit to explain through a child's perspective of what he experienced during the time of the Nazi takeover.
    Thank you so much for sharing. We’re glad you had a meaningful visit.
    Written July 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Shana M
    Lubbock, Texas8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went on our own
    This place is moving, sad, educational and a must see. I think if more people saw it, less people would be prejudice against others. I told my daughter, we are all just people. If we see the inside without judging the outside, life might be easier for all of us.
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
    Written July 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
  • cma20
    Illinois119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do, take the time on your DC trip
    Must do if you are in Washington DC. It can be crowded, so dip into your well of patience. This is an exhibit worth the time - very moving. The atrocities are hard to fathom. You can reserve your time slot online in advance, but they do also offer a limited number of daily tickets. You can go check with the information desk after going through security.
    Thank you so much for sharing. We’re glad you had a meaningful visit.
    Written July 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • MARCOSSK
    Washington DC, District of Columbia135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Down to earth
    This is a place to see, know and remember the past. It’s a must specially for children, so they can understand evil and learn about what’s good and what’s bad. It made me cry... terrible remembrance from the past. The Holocaust can’t happen again, not only jews,to anybody.
    Thank you so much for sharing. We’re glad you had a meaningful visit.
    Written July 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • babybuny
    Northumberland, United Kingdom445 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly humbling experience
    We arrived for opening at 10am and the museum was quiet. We were the first inside and walked through the whole museum as if we were the only ones inside. It was eerily empty and quiet. This meant we could really absorb everything the museum had to offer. There was so much information which we could read and listen to undisturbed from crowds. We’ve been to many holocaust museums and this was very informative though the museum in Prague haunts me the most. A truly indescribable feeling when we left.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Juker-Brx
    Brussels, Belgium91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important visit
    This is a very important memorial. Every human should come here. Very well explained and with a good timeline as well as many exhibits. What I found difficult: Too crowded. Often not possible to read texts. Too cold on floor 3, much colder than floor 4. The film theatre on floor 4 was closed and there are long stretches without the possibility to sit down. This makes it not so accessible to those who cannot stand for long periods. We stayed 5 hours and came out not only emotionally but also physically exhausted. It would also be nice to get optionally more information, eg with QR codes for further reading.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • knssmith14
    Douglas, Massachusetts110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very moving and a must see
    When we first entered the museum it was hard to get near the exhibits to read the placards. I was worried that would be the experience throughout but luckily the crowd thinned as we went along. By the end it was very difficult to keep my emotions in check. The footage in the videos throughout the displays was immensely sad and hard to fathom. The model of the gas chambers was particularly heart wrenching. I appreciated the wall dedicated to the people who saved lives and were part of the resistance…the stories were extraordinary! The photographs of the skies over the all camps was really interesting and again, sad. Must visit if you are in DC.
    Thank you so much for sharing. We’re glad you had a meaningful visit.
    Written August 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Scott G
    Louisville, Kentucky205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Powerful
    Highly recommend that everyone who visits DC should take the time to see the Holocaust Museum.. It was such a powerful afternoon. By the end of our tour my emotions were all over the place. Seeing the horrors that people went through made me so angry at those who were in charge…and yet, seeing the resolve of those who survived was incredible. I truly hope that nobody will ever endure what I was when I went through the museum.
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
    Written August 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Jennifer B
    Asheville, North Carolina116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Incredible
    Such an incredible museum. They are doing an amazing job of making sure this horrific part of history isn’t erased and that the victims are never forgotten. The experience is surreal but heavy. I highly recommended making time for this when I’m DC. Tip: order tickets in advance
    Thank you so much for sharing. We’re glad you had a meaningful visit.
    Written August 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • ItchyFeet
    Camarillo, California10,811 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Powerful and informative
    A must see when in DC. Yes it’s powerful, emotional and overwhelming but the information and presentation is excellent and everyone really should visit. Get a ticket a head of time, go at opening and expect crowds. To read all the placards and see the videos you’ll need a day. I was able to spend about 3 hours in the museum and that was enough for a day.
    Thank you so much for sharing. We’re glad you had a meaningful visit.
    Written September 1, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 30, 2023
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Kim C
La Crosse, WI831 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This is the kind of place where you feel that you should hurry through because it's overwhelming and easier not to accept or understand what really happened. But if you take the time to read the displays, you will come to understand just how something like this actually happens. You will be more aware of how we can prevent this from ever happening again. This museum is SO well planned, from the top to the bottom. It's heartbreaking because they've just allowed you to peak into the reality of evil.
Written June 12, 2024
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Midwest Mom
Kansas City, MO111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We went with our teens and elderly parents. We were all really looking forward to visiting this museum. We went through a metal detector and the security yelled and cussed at each of us and several people behind us. We even talked with other visitors that day who experienced the same treatment. I really hope the security team was just having a bad day and this is not how guests are normally treated.
Aside from the terrible start, we did learn a lot from the museum. I was hoping to see more artifacts vs photos. It was difficult to read all the information due to the amount of people.
Written June 11, 2024
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Pwaynez
65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Well documented American perspective in the basement exhibit. Daniel’s story is really nice for kids, but as adults it was a bit simple. The Rohingya genocide exhibit was eye opening and interesting. Hadn’t heard or don’t remember much of this coveted in the US news. Good, but not great. Coming back tomorrow for the Permanent exhibition. The main basement attraction was overfilled and moves very slowly, filled with a lot of kids on field trips who are mostly appearing not to be reading but taking up space, which was annoying for someone who wanted to read and progress through faster.
Written June 2, 2024
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Written June 4, 2024
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Katstracks
Santa Barbara, CA76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We have been to many holocaust museums, and this museum had its own unique approach to telling the story. It was exceptionally well done. Very moving, and you definitely want to plan on 90 minutes to 2 hours at a minimum.
Written May 29, 2024
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Written June 4, 2024
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Rebecca L
Atlanta, GA1,559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Everyone should visit this museum. With that said, expect lots of crowds despite reserved timed tickets. Bring a load of patience and try not to rush through the exhibits. The crowds do thin out the further into the exhibit you go. At the end, the Hall of Remembrance offers a quiet space for contemplation. I also recommend visiting the website ahead of time to get a layout of the museum and background information.
Written May 29, 2024
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Written June 4, 2024
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Olhol94
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was a very impactful museum, I could of easily spent hours and hours from start to finish if I didn’t have a tight schedule.

Full of interesting information and history, parts can be quite emotional, 100% worth visiting if you get the chance to.

Considering it’s free as well is a bonus.
Written May 11, 2024
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Thank you so much for sharing. We’re glad you had a meaningful visit.
Written May 21, 2024
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MAC
London, UK152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This is a MUST visit museum which is brilliantly laid out. You join a journey from the rise of the Nazi party to the murderess destruction of an entire race - a true genocide. The real question is how did a perfectly civilised country behave in such a way, and not only against the Jewish people?

The exhibits, documentation and lighting add to the overall harrowing experience - even the lifts / elevators look like gas doors. It’s the only large place I’ve been into with hundreds of people and experienced total silence. Now we all know why Israel is fighting for its life - never again is right.

You will need tickets even though entry is free.
Written May 9, 2024
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Kate S
173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This museum really put what I had read about the Holocaust into perspective by having literal footage of Hitler and his rise to power, the concentration camps and ghettos, etc. There are a few artifacts from the towns and camps there (but not a lot). One thing that I thought was very humbling was walking through the box car to get to the next area of the museum and having to imagine what it would be like being stuck in that car awaiting your death. This museum is the only one in DC where everyone is just naturally quiet and respectful.
Written May 3, 2024
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Written May 3, 2024
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phil l
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A must see and visit. Even though free you need tickets to get in. Get the tickets early! We tried a week before and could not get one. We we went anyway and got there 30 min early to be at the front of the line in hopes of maybe getting a ticket. They were passing out tickets to first come first serve so we got in first thing. Lots of people and student tours so it was crowed. But a fantastic, informative and sad part of our history.
Written April 25, 2024
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Written April 30, 2024
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dlenane78
Rochester, NH602 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very somber experience. There is a complete timeline from the beginning to the end and everything in between. Many graphic photos and videos. The only “negative” thing is the crowding. So much to see and read and the people start adding up. I got a little overwhelmed with the amount of people but it’s such an important story to see and hear about.
Written April 23, 2024
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Thank you so much for sharing. We’re glad you had a meaningful visit.
Written April 30, 2024
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