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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  • cma20
    Illinois126 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 Kingdom447 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, Belgium90 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 Carolina118 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, California10,906 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
  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom2,766 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth visiting for this period of history or if you want an insight into where extreme prejudice ends
    This was our final visit to a Holocaust Memorial and Museum having visited the Topography of Terror in Berlin, The Shoah Memorial in Paris, the Verzetsmuseum in Amsterdam and Auschwitz/ Birkenau in Poland. The museum is a fitting tribute to those who died in this atrocity. It retells the story of Hitler, how he came to power and how he went onto lead a nation in one of history’s worst genocides. It is harrowing at times. The stories of those who survived, told on film, is unique and leaves visitors with a final picture of where extreme prejudice ends!
    Thank you so much for sharing. We’re glad you had a meaningful visit.
    Written September 9, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • HoopUte
    Taylorsville, Utah57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The US Holocaust Memorial does a very good job telling a horrific story. It’s a very worthwhile use of a few hours.
    You cannot describe a visit to this excellent memorial/museum as fun, but you can definitely describe it as important. Some of it is very hard to take. Younger children could have a tough time. It does a very good job of setting the history of Hitler’s rise to power and how it morphed into the evil “final solution.” It also makes sure to point out that didn’t extend just to Jews, but to Gypsies and homosexuals as well. It’s sobering, educational, and serves its purpose to help make sure this atrocity isn’t forgotten and, hopefully, will help prevent it from happening again.
    Thank you so much for sharing. We’re glad you had a meaningful visit.
    Written September 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
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jane a
London, UK508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This museum moved me enormously and everyone else if the silence is evidence of that.
It is hard to do justice to the horror of the holocaust but I believe as future generations should never forget, that this museum will ensure that does not happen.
As you enter you are given an ID card of a real victim, which immediately brings it home that these were individual people not just part of huge numbers.
The museum covers why the rise of hitler occurred including the mistakes made in allowing him to come to power, having said that no one outside of his circle could imagine the horrors that were about to unfold. It does not shy from the horrors.
I recommend this museum as a must see, there is a children’s exhibition which I did not see.
Coincidentally I watched a film on my flight back that had been made by the museum “Into the arms of strangers” which was also incredibly moving but shows the work they do behind the scenes.
Written February 29, 2020
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MackBuffalo
Buffalo, NY289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Went here with 8 teenagers and a few other adults and am so impressed with how immersive, engaging, emotional and beautiful this museum is with the amazing displays and multi-media media presentations. Starting on the 4th floor and working down to the first floor and lobby, you can easily lose track of time and can get swept into so many emotions as you personalize this whole experience. There were workers going around answering questions and giving further information. David's Story off the lobby is an excellent depiction of the Holocaust from a child's point of view. This museum continues to update and renovate to ensure the most engaging and accurate experience for all visitors. During certain months there are no tickets needed but tickets are needed during other months so check the website for details, descriptions, learning and educational materials for youth and directions. This museum is well remembered and really made an impact on the youth brought.
Written March 23, 2020
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Michael L
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Had an easier time getting tickets to Lalapalooza. Ridiculous. And we were trying mid-week. Learned we would be in town just under a month in advance, so we were unable to get advance tickets. The problem is they release the same-day tickets at 7 am, but if you get through, you can snatch as many as 25 tickets for $1 each. They should be putting a reasonable limit on the number of tickets to a single buyer. Apparently, they believe 25 is reasonable (though logic indicates that generally if you're traveling with 24 other people, you're likely making your plans at least a month in advance and would be able to take advantage of their advance ticket option.) So if you can't reserve your tickets at least a month ahead of time, it's probably not worth the 7 am stress every day of your trip to try to secure tickets.
Written May 31, 2022
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Renee K
New York City, NY34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
When we arrived the line wound around the block. Don't let that deter you, though as it moves extremely quickly. The museum is definitely crowded and it seems as first as if too many people were allowed entry at one time. However, someone told me that this is deliberate in order to give one the feeling that people may have felt during transports. Whether this is true or not, I do not know. There is a lot of information both historical and personal and it makes the history so much more accessible. Some of the exhibitions are heartbreaking. The museum was very moving.
Written February 24, 2020
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Rock C
Denver, CO78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I am so pleased that we went to the Holocaust Museum. We spoke with a survivor in the main lobby and were so moved by his stories of the tragedy his family experienced. The rest of the museum was a really moving and, at time, a sobering, sad, and moving tour through the history of evil events in world history. It gives such a great perspective of the Jewish people in Europe and what happened to them as a people. I was also very impressed with the floor dedicated to the US history at the time. Made me think about these events as it relates to our country.
Written March 5, 2020
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Boris E
Staunton, VA947 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Powerful experience from beginning to end. Before beginning the new year, we were fortunate to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum during our short-term stay in Washington D.C. and so glad that we had the chance to experience it. I have been in other Holocaust Memorial Museums all over the country, but this is top notch. It does not compare to other museums, since it gives you a comprehensive story with enough information to keep you connected to this horrible time in history throughout the entire visit. I left the museum with a broken heart, but at the same time with a great understanding that these events should never be repeated. We all should be valued for our unique features and be treated equally across the board. It is my opinion, but this museum should be made mandatory to visit at least once in a lifetime.
Written January 4, 2020
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Kim L
Austin, TX162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Holocaust Museum is amazing. It should be a required visit for every American. The chronological flow of the history of the Holocaust made it easy to follow, even for the students who I accompanied. I appreciated that the more sensitive content was hidden behind a half wall so that visitors could choose what was appropriate for them and children were unable to see the more difficult content.
I also liked that each visitor was able to choose a male or female person who was affected by the Holocaust and follow their journey. It was a personal touch that made it even more poignant. I will visit again when I return to DC.
Written January 28, 2020
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smiller324
Indianapolis, IN62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
There is no mistaking the impact the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has on the mind, body, and soul. From being assigned a number, to seeing the shoes of those who died, it is one that really resonates. However, I did expect the museum to have more artifacts, which they might have added more from the last time I went (in June 2018) but nonetheless, highly recommend.
Written November 9, 2020
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Face P
Bay Saint Louis, MS44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
A place that holds the horror of the past. It’s beautifully laid out even though it contains horrific times of what people had gone through and suffered under other people. It’s a must see. If you’re visiting DC you need to go visit the Holocaust Museum. Be prepared to have your eyes and hearts and minds filled with exhibits and images that will question how can a human hate another human even children so much that they are willing to perform monstrous and heinous acts upon them just because they are different and in the name of God. It’s scary then and scary now.
Written September 27, 2020
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rootsandshoots
Redmond, WA301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Deeply moving and motivating for everyone. Decades ago, it was this museum that spurred me into my nonprofit work. Getting tickets was very difficult. They were sold out for months ahead of time. If you are online at 7am, you may be lucky to snag same day tickets. Museum is free but online reservation is $1.00 per person.
Written April 4, 2022
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