United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW (at Independence Ave SW), Washington, D.C. 20024, United States
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    • 10:00 AM–5:20 PM
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The Museum provides a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom, the myth of progress, and the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values. The Museum teaches millions of people each year about the dangers of unchecked hatred and the need to prevent genocide.


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    Opened in 1993, this museum is devoted to the history of the Holocaust, the state-sponsored murder of 6 million Jews in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.

    HISTORY · July 17, 2012
  • Ann Marie B.

    A must-see museum in the District. Prepare to be emotional throughout the exhibits. If you have a military/govt ID, you get an immediate pass. Tip: read everything & take in as much as you can.

    Ann Marie B · June 8, 2010
  • The White House

    President Obama delivers remarks about honoring the pledge of “never again” by making sure we are doing everything we can to prevent and end atrocities and save lives. Read more

    The White House · April 30, 2012
  • Amnesty International

    The exhibit "From Memory to Action" teaches visitors about contemporary genocide. Fill out one of the "Take Action!" cards to let the world know what you will do to protect human rights. Read more

    Amnesty International · April 4, 2011
  • Presidential Libraries

    President Reagan spoke at the cornerstone laying for this museum on October 5, 1988.

    Presidential Libraries · January 24, 2011
  • Meredith P.

    Notice how quiet everybody is? It's for a reason. Kindly show your respect by whispering.

    Meredith Peruzzi · May 17, 2011
  • Washington Blade

    A powerful experience. Look for some of the LGBT-related history artifacts throughout the permanent exhibit. Did you know that gay prisoners were not among those liberated by the allies?

    Washington Blade · July 13, 2011
  • Brenna S.

    In 2009 a security officer was killed in the line of duty by an anti-Semite gunman. Security is here to protect you, quit complaining!

    Brenna S · June 23, 2012
  • David K.

    When you visit, ask to meet a Holocaust Survivor, many of whom volunteer at the Donor and Information Desks. Read more

    David Klevan · July 29, 2010
  • Ashley M.

    These groups of kids seem to have no respect for where they're at.. its a shame.

    Ashley Magrum · April 29, 2011
  • Francesca F.

    One of the best museums I have ever been to. You are given and ID card of an actual holocaust prisoner and you follow that persons story throughout the museum. It's really moving.

    Francesca Ficara · February 15, 2013
  • Zach C.

    There's a plaque by the 14th Street entrance dedicated to Stephen Tyrone Johns, who was killed while defending the museum from "an anti-Semite, a Holocaust denier and a racist." RIP Stephen.

    Zach Cohen · April 27, 2012
  • Alessandro B.

    This is a must... So powerful.

    Alessandro Barchi · May 13, 2011
  • Giovanni R.

    Most people stand in line at the front entrance. There is a back entrance where the line is much smaller;)

    Giovanni Russo · November 26, 2010
  • John H.

    Not a bad thing for a rainy day. check out exhibit warning about future holocausts. Okay, not a barrel of laughs, but it's important

    John Hanson · January 21, 2010
  • Karina F.

    Touching place.. Hard not to cry in here

    Karina Freire · August 8, 2014
  • Leigh F.

    Heartbreaking to visit, but a reminder of the horrific events and the need for tolerance/understanding. Go early lines/waits all day.

    Leigh Ferreira · April 25, 2012
  • John H.

    Don't come here if you're having a good day

    John Human · March 7, 2012
  • Joseph M C.

    Security at entrance is kind of over kill...

    Joseph M Cavalieri · March 19, 2011
  • Colin Z.

    Must go through metal detector before entering the cafe. The cafe is vegetarian and expensive. Avoid.

    Colin Z. · July 26, 2010
  • Arriane P.

    I really like this museum! Just make sure to plan on being there for at least 2-3 hours if you wanna see everything since there're 4 levels.

    Arriane Parungao · September 30, 2013
  • David T.

    Wow...this is amazing

    David Taylor · August 10, 2013
  • Robert C.

    Everyone should visit this museum

    Robert Capazzi · May 10, 2013
  • Amy T.

    Bring a sweater as the AC is really strong here. Eat something before you enter as there is no food allowed inside. You can easily spend 3-4 hours here.

    Amy T. · August 6, 2012
  • Shane B.

    Most must-see museum in D.C.!

    Shane Bianchini · October 9, 2011
  • Susannah B.

    Show up before nine if you want a ticket to the permanent exhibit.

    Susannah Bell · March 30, 2010
  • James S.

    If you decide to eat in the cafe beware, they don't sell meat of any kind.

    James S · January 18, 2010
  • Carolina R.

    Amazing museum, beautiful and touching. Recommend it to everyone, although it might be too graphic for small children.

    Carolina Revilla · September 7, 2014
  • Greg P.

    Very moving museum. Be sure to view the permanent installation and the story of the children. Sadly it's disrespected by the various student tour groups. Avoid them to truly experience the museum.

    Greg Patterson · May 18, 2014
  • Arielle K.

    Make sure to check out the children's art exhibit where children explain their thoughts & feelings of the Holocaust on tiles hanging on a wall. You could spend hours trying to read them all!

    Arielle Kline · October 16, 2013
  • Deb C.

    If you think you know about the holocaust from watching movies, you don't. Visit this museum and be respectful of what you're seeing when you do.

    Deb Cryan · August 19, 2013
  • Missy M.

    Military, including retirees, may get tickets to the permanent exhibit (for entire family) any time by visiting the information desk even if all tickets have been distributed for the day.

    Missy Mixon · April 3, 2013
  • Lauren A.

    Get there early to make sure you get one of the limited number of passes they issue per day otherwise you can't see the permanent collection. Security is tight for a reason! Don't complain!

    Lauren Anderson · March 31, 2013
  • Jonathan M.

    The museum is very emotional. Really recommend if you are in DC

    Jonathan Martinez · March 12, 2013
  • Hello K.

    I am always moved by the acts humans place on other humans. The most impressive exhibit to me were the shoes - an image I will never forget for both sight and smell.

    Hello Kitty · December 7, 2012
  • Cristian W.

    I spent 5 hours and still couldn't see it all. It's a must!

    Cristian Weitzel · November 26, 2012
  • Rany

    penglai beautiful

    Rany · July 19, 2012
  • Helen K.

    This museum was a must see recommendation from a friend. Very powerful. Left crying my eyes out.

    Helen Kane · July 18, 2012
  • Marvin

    Must see location in Washington! Definitely an emotional experience.

    Marvin · July 1, 2012
  • Abigail L.

    I walked in and just wanted to cry. It's a very overwhelming feeling to take a walk in this museum and see the awful things that happened.

    Abigail Lougher · May 11, 2012
  • TJ

    Take the time to watch the videos and listen to "The Voices of The Holocaust"

    TJ · April 12, 2012
  • Ashley M.

    Metal detector at entrance.. seriously?

    Ashley Magrum · April 30, 2011
  • Grayson B.

    Come early! Tickets are handed out at 10am and there's almost always a line. And they can run out quick! (don't worry, tickets are free)

    Grayson Burger · April 28, 2011
  • WorldStrides

    Did you know: When the museum opened, the Dalai Lama was the first official visitor.

    WorldStrides · April 8, 2011
  • James R.

    Check hotels in the area for free tickets in advance - allow yourself 2-3 hours to experience everything. Very powerful and well done.

    James Russell · November 2, 2010
  • Wendy W.

    Get the knishes!!

    Wendy W · May 14, 2010
  • Richard R.

    One of the most amazing museums I've ever seen. Good job America.

    Richard Revilla · January 24
  • Zara K.

    Powerful experience!

    Zara Khan · August 25, 2014
  • Tomas L.

    Sin dudas un lugar para no perderse. Mas de cuatro pisos recorriendo la historia del holocausto. El mejor museo que vi hasta ahora, emoción hasta el final.

    Tomas Lopez Elias · November 7, 2011
  • Milena L.

    Vale muito a visita, que é gratuita. Fiquei emocionada inúmeras vezes.

    Milena Loureiro · August 10, 2014