United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Washington, D.C., United States

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history from 1933 to 1945. It is dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy.

The USHMM’s collections contain more than 12,750 artifacts, 49 million pages of archival documents, 80,000 historical photographs, 200,000 registered survivors, 1,000 hours of archival footage, 84,000 library items, and 9,000 oral history testimonies. It also has teacher fellows in every state in the United States and almost 400 university fellows from 26 countries since 1994.

Researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have documented 42,500 ghettos and concentration camps erected by the Nazis throughout German-controlled areas of Europe from 1933 to 1945.

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Founded: 1993
Category: Museums in United States


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Chamnan Muon (2 years ago)
This museum is very informative memorial place for everyone who should know about the Holocaust. A lot of photo displays with detailed description and some points included the exist sample during the war. The entrance fee is free for walk-in visitors. You should take more minutes to see all places. #letsguide #visitusa
Debisree Ray (2 years ago)
It's a must go place in DC if you are a history lover, specially if you are interested in WWII. It would take at least half a day, or more if you decide to give a serious attention. Lot of photographs and rare video and audio clips. The interior is very cold, might need a light jacket.
Eileen Giles (2 years ago)
Very moving and informative museum. Lots of stories and rare videos. Loved the reading about and exploring personal stories. Lots of exhibits throughout the museum. We needed 2 days to see everything as they started telling us to leave at 5pm. We were a bit confused when we first went in as we didn’t know how the museum flowed. There’s elevators to the left side when you enter that you should first go up and make your way through the museum. But we didn’t know that. just thought it was just an accessible elevator, so we took the stairs to some exhibits. But didn’t realize till after we saw some aftermath exhibits. But it would’ve been better to see those after the top floor exhibits. Also there’s security to get into the museum and all the museum cafe (the cafe isn’t in the main museum, it’s a separate building with a spectate security). But I’d say the cafe was just okay. Nothing that special. Would have eaten elsewhere if we weren’t so hungry. Anyhow! Definitely recommend as a museum to see if your visiting DC. And it’s free!
Christina Feliz (3 years ago)
I loved Daniel's story that helps kids understand what it felt like to go through the Holocaust. The building was clean and well set up. The architecture of all parts were well thought out. We were impressed with the size and amount of information available. We visited on a holiday weekend, so it was very crowded.
Jeremy Post (3 years ago)
I visited for free while in DC for the marathon over the weekend. I was able to have the honor of talking to a holocaust survivor. I saw a couple of the secondary exhibits and was only able to see about 1/4 of the main exhibit in the nearly 3 hours I was there. I wish I had time to see more as everything was very well done and interesting. I had to leave to grab lunch well before I could finish seeing everything. I loved the place.
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