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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Holocaust Memorial Museum The Holocaust Memorial Museum © Andrew Hayward via Flickr

Want to watch a unique museum? Many museums are memorials showing past glories, but there is one that shows one of the worst tragedies of humankind. 

Welcome to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). It gives information about the holocaust due to Nazi atrocities, the worst one which shames humanity and in which the Nazis and their collaborators systematically persecuted and murdered approximately six million Jews. During the holocaust period, Nazis also targeted other groups like Gypsies, Slavic people (Russians etc.), Communists, Socialist, Homosexuals and Jehovah’s Witnesses on the grounds of racial inferiority, ideological, political etc.

If you are prepared to view truly disturbing and graphic visuals and have a real time experience of the tragedy, then you are ready to visit USHMM. Regarding kids, it would be better if your kid is above 11 as the displays are quite disturbing, as I have already mentioned.

The museum spans across three floors and is an exhibition of Nazism and their atrocities which includes mass murder of Jews, Gypsies etc. If you are visiting between March through August, passes are required to enter the museum. Avail them at the earliest because of heavy rush, and if you are visiting between September to February, then no passes are necessary.

To get the real dimension of the Nazi Germany, visitors are provided an identity card at the start of the exhibition. This card is not your usual id card. Instead it provides biographical information and a photo of a real person that lived during the Holocaust and the World War II. This actually makes the visitor relate personally with the person and get highly involved in the exhibition.

Hall of RemembranceThe tour starts on the fourth floor which shows Nazi Assault (1933-39), mainly Hitler’s rise to power in Germany. Then The Final Solution (1940-44) shows films of horrific medical experiments done to Jewish prisoners and details Jews persecution. Next is the final chapter i.e. Aftermath (1945-Present) detailing Germany’s defeat. Kids can watch the exhibition on the first floor which shows Daniel’s Story (a good narrative by Daniel and his family through the holocaust time) and understand what Nazi Germany what kind of a place the Nazi Germany used to be.

The octagonal Hall of Remembrance marks the end of the exhibition.

Information

Hours/Tours:
10:00 am - 5:30 pm daily
Extended hours to 6:30 p.m. (only Mon-Fri), late-March through mid-June
Address/Map:  100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024
Phone: (202) 488-0400
Website: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
   
Admission: Free- however from March through August a free pass is required to enter the Permanent Exhibition