"Holocaust Memorial Museum" Holocaust Museum Tip by agroshong

Holocaust Museum, Washington D.C.: 42 reviews and 52 photos

A stunning tribute to a historical tragedy, the Holocaust Museum's collection is a winding trail of history. The permanent exhibit is available only via special pass obtainable at tickets.com or at the museum the day of visit. Arrive early for tickets and either immediately enter the permanent exhibit or ask for a visit at a later hour. The permanent can get easily crowded during the peak midday hours and it becomes difficult to read or view some exhibit items. While entry time is set, visitors are encouraged to stay as long as they please. The actual architecture of the museum is a work of art. The main hall replicates the look and feel of an industrial building (concentration camp) with exposed brick and ominous structure. Large overhead skylights, however, flood the main hall with sunlight throughout the day. Perhaps the most humbling room in the exhibit is the Tower of Faces, a photographer's lifetime work of a small Jewish village's occupants almost completely wiped out during World War II. The photographs cover daily life, special events, and posed subjects crowded and so numerous it is difficult to see each individual picture. Other humbling exhibit highlights include a section on Kristallnacht and extensive coverage of international actions (or inactions) throughout the time period. All exhibits are presented as a chronological narrative divided into three sections: "Nazi Assault", "Final Solution", and "Last Chapter". At the end of the permanent exhibit, visitors are invited for a moment of silent reflection and to view the eternal flame in the Hall of Remembrance. The museum hosts 2-3 special exhibits at a time. Current exhibits include a new Schindler exhibit, the Berlin Olympics, and the artwork of Arthur Szyk. Special exhibits are often created by the museum and are available to other museums worldwide.

Address: 14th & Independence, National Mall
Directions: Metro to Smithsonian exit, next to Washington Monument.
Phone: 202-488-0400
Website: http://www.ushmm.org/

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  • Written Oct 25, 2002
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