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.
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.
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.
President Reagan spoke at the cornerstone laying for this museum on October 5, 1988.
Notice how quiet everybody is? It's for a reason. Kindly show your respect by whispering.
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?
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!
These groups of kids seem to have no respect for where they're at.. its a shame.
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.
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.
This is a must... So powerful.
Most people stand in line at the front entrance. There is a back entrance where the line is much smaller;)
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
Touching place.. Hard not to cry in here
Heartbreaking to visit, but a reminder of the horrific events and the need for tolerance/understanding. Go early lines/waits all day.
Don't come here if you're having a good day
Security at entrance is kind of over kill...
Must go through metal detector before entering the cafe. The cafe is vegetarian and expensive. Avoid.
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.
Wow...this is amazing
Everyone should visit this museum
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.
Most must-see museum in D.C.!
Show up before nine if you want a ticket to the permanent exhibit.
If you decide to eat in the cafe beware, they don't sell meat of any kind.
Amazing museum, beautiful and touching. Recommend it to everyone, although it might be too graphic for small children.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
The museum is very emotional. Really recommend if you are in DC
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.
I spent 5 hours and still couldn't see it all. It's a must!
This museum was a must see recommendation from a friend. Very powerful. Left crying my eyes out.
Must see location in Washington! Definitely an emotional experience.
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.
Take the time to watch the videos and listen to "The Voices of The Holocaust"
Metal detector at entrance.. seriously?
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)
Did you know: When the museum opened, the Dalai Lama was the first official visitor.
Check hotels in the area for free tickets in advance - allow yourself 2-3 hours to experience everything. Very powerful and well done.
Get the knishes!!
One of the most amazing museums I've ever seen. Good job America.
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.
Vale muito a visita, que é gratuita. Fiquei emocionada inúmeras vezes.