The Holocaust Museum is the official memorial museum to the holocaust. It is located in the capital of the United States, Washington DC.
The museum is located in the famous National Mall, which is home to many of the US historic monuments and national archives and museums.
Time to visit and price
The exhibition opens each day from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm except for two days of the year, October 9, Yom Kippur and Christmas day. Admission is free but you must obtain a ticket in order to enter the museum.
You may obtain tickets online or you can ask for same day tickets on a walk in basis. If you are coming with a large group of people, the museum facilitates “group reservations” which can be done with a simple phone call to the customer service desk.
To enter the exhibition you will have to go through a comprehensive security screening so be prepared for it. A complete tour to the museum lasts approximately 1 to 2 hours, depending on the floors you visit.
What to see in museum
There are four floors in the museum.
The fourth floor contains a display that details the 1933-1939 Nazi assault leading to Adolph Hitler’s appointment to chancellor and concludes with the outbreak of WWII in September 1939.
The exhibit includes a depiction of the desperation of millions of innocent people as they tried to flee Nazi oppression and an examination of the world’s response.
The third floor titled “The Final Solution 1940-1945.”
This part of the exhibition examines the wartime evolution of Nazi policy towards the Jewish people, from persecution to separation to annihilation.
In includes models of the death camps and provides a description of the methods the Nazis used in the killing and disposal processes.
The second floor, known as “The last chapter” provides the story of how thousands of non-Jews risked death or imprisonment to save Jewish people within the Nazi territories. Many joined the underground war against the Germans.
Ultimately, the holocaust ended with the defeat of the Nazi Germany by allied soldiers in the year of 1945.
This was the saddest, most memorable museum I have ever seen. If you are ever in beautiful Washington D.C., I highly recommend you visit this sobering and historic museum.