The National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC is devoted to the gruesome chapter in Jewish history. The genocide of Jews by Hitler’s Nazis occurred during WWII finds a reflection in the museum, which is not part of Smithsonian Institution. Much like most of the National Mall, which is home to memorials devoted to World War II veterans, national heroes of Vietnam War, and so forth, even a visit to the US Holocaust Museum will make one reflect back on a bygone era.
The National Holocaust Museum adds to the long lineup of must-see attractions when on private Washington DC tours. Its purpose of existence is to educate visitors on the perils of hatred, the act of violence in the name of genocide, and how society as a whole confront challenges to human dignity and freedom. The museum stays open from 10:00 am to 05:20 pm each day except on Christmas and Yom Kippur (which is on September 19 this year).
You can onboard circulator buses, which run through National Mall route, to get there on weekdays or weekends, and Metrorail system with Smithsonian Station being its nearest stop. Yet again, the best part about Washington DC bus tours over the Metrorail is that you can enjoy the attractions along the National Mall.
The National Holocaust Museum is also free to enter like most of the National Mall attractions, and you need not require tickets to watch exhibits except permanent expositions. If you want to catch permanent expos in the museum from March to August, you need to get tickets available at an affordable cost.
Each of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s permanent exhibit floors has collections that trace a different era. The exhibit spans three floors and chronicles the “Holocaust” history through photographs, film, and artifacts. A surprising fact is that a ticket holder can even come across testimonies of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust in the museum’s permanent expos.
The museum stands tall to educate visitors the dangers of discrimination as well as violence triggered by prejudice through temporary or rotating exhibits. There is a Hall of Remembrance in the museum, which gives visitors an opportunity to light up a candle in memory of those to have laid their lives during the Shoah.