Holocaust Museum Washington DC
Holocaust Memorial Museum DC
The Holocaust Museum Washington DC is one of the newer museums in DC and there is quite a history behind it and its final opening. Read more about this in Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum.
Located (almost) at the National Mall, to be exact at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Plaza SW (see map below in our Contact info section), be prepared to spend several hours in the museum. Consult Hours of Operation for the times the museum is open to the public. Also keep in mind,
that you have to pass through security scanners at you enter the museum. There is so much to see, so much to learn - and it is often very sad. If you have seen or read the Story of Anne Frank, it feels like the book and the facts that you learned during your history lessons in school, suddenly come to life.
Because the visit can be saddening and very emotional, don't bring little kids. Depending on how your children (if you bring them) can handle sad stories and based on comments of families visiting the DC Holocaust museum, 11 years old is the recommended minimum age where you would consider taking the kids for
the Permanent Exhibition. If your children are of age 8-11, 'Daniel's Story', a small, well-done exhibit based on actual diary entries of a young boy, is a good start. This little exhibit within the museum takes you through Daniel's family's journey from their happy home to the ghetto and to the train to the
concentration camp. After going through this exhibit you can take your children to an actual train car and then through the rest of the DC Holocaust museum. When you enter the museum, don't forget to pick-up their 'Family Guide'.
The Inside Story of the Holocaust Museum Washington DC is a great way to learn about the DC Holocaust Museum before you set foot into it or, for those who have visited, a way to remember what they have seen and experienced.
The National Holocaust Museum Washington DC is open year-round, with only a few exceptions (closed on Yom Kippur and Christmas Day). Admission is free and passes will be issued at the entrance. However, from March till August it is very busy. During that time of the year, you need time passes to enter the Permanent Exhibition. These passes are available at the Museum on the day of your visit or online in advance. From September through February no passes are required for the Permanent Exhibition. This is also the best time of year to visit the Museum because the crowds are generally smaller. The exhibitions are open from 10am to 5.30pm (6.30pm Monday to Friday from Memorial Day to June 10th). For details about online passes and changes to hours, you may double-check the museum's website.
The official address of the Holocaust Museum Washington DC is:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126
Tickets are giving out at the 14th Street Entrance
Main telephone: (202) 488-0400
Read reviews about the Holocaust Museum Washington DC on TripAdvisor.
If you take the Washington DC Trolley Tour, Stop #7 is the closest to the DC Holocaust Museum.