A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.
In addition to its leadership training programs, the Museum sponsors on-site and traveling exhibitions, educational outreach, Web site, campus outreach and Holocaust commemorations, including the nation’s annual observance in the U.S. Capitol.
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 15th St SW
Washington, DC 20024
P. (202) 488-0400
The Museum is open every day except Yom Kippur (September 26, 2012) and Christmas Day (December 25).
Exhibitions: 10 a.m.–5:20 p.m.
Elevator entry to the Permanent Exhibition: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Information Desk: 10 a.m.–5:10 p.m.
Hall of Remembrance: 10 a.m.–5:10 p.m.
Museum Shop: 10 a.m.–5:20 p.m.
Museum Cafe: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Library: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday (closed all federal holidays)
Archives: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday (closed all federal holidays)
ADMISSION AND TICKETING
Admission to the Museum is free. From March through August a free pass is required to enter the Permanent Exhibition, a chronological history of the Holocaust.
March through August:
This is the Museum’s busy season. To prevent crowding during these months, the Museum distributes free passes to the Permanent Exhibition. Timed passes are available at the Museum on the day of your visit or online in advance. The earliest pass time is 10 a.m. and the latest is 4 p.m. The time on your pass is your earliest entry time into the Permanent Exhibition, and we honor the pass for the rest of the day until an hour before closing. At the Museum, passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. when the building opens. During the busy season, the pass line forms next to the building in the alley with benches. The passes are then distributed from the 14th Street side of the alley to allow those with passes to proceed into the building. If you prefer to see other exhibitions besides the Permanent Exhibition, or if you already have a pass, there is no need to wait in the pass line. When everyone outside has received their passes, the staff brings any remaining passes inside the building to be distributed at the Information Desk.
Special ticketing considerations: Timed passes are distributed to the general public. One person may ask for up to 20 passes. With identification, members of the armed forces (including retirees), law enforcement personnel, and federal government employees may obtain complimentary passes for themselves and their families in person at the Information Desk on the day of their visit.
- Online advance ticketing: Extremetix, Inc. offers Museum passes in advance for $1.00 (US) each. These are the same timed passes that the Museum gives out each day. If you buy passes online, remember to print them and bring them with you to the Museum.
Extended hours: During the spring, the Museum remains open for an extra hour on weekdays and distributes additional passes to accommodate the increase in visitorship. On weekdays from March 26 through June 8, 2014, the Museum will open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. Weekend hours will not change. See Museum Hours below for additional information.
September through February: Passes are not required to enter the Permanent Exhibition during these months. This is the best time of year to visit the Museum because the crowds are generally smaller. We continue to accept group reservations during this time.
Year-round: Passes are not required to enter the Museum building or to go to any of the smaller exhibitions, memorials, or special programming.
Upon arrival at the Museum, all visitors must enter through security scanners. Please allow extra time to go through this entry line.
The Museum has two entrances. Our 14th Street entrance is for the general public. The entrance on 15th Street at Raoul Wallenberg Place is designated for scheduled, reserved groups for the Permanent Exhibition.
- The following rules apply to the Museum building:
- Eating, drinking, and smoking are not permitted.
- Open food and drink containers are not permitted in the building.
- On entry, all visitors must pass through metal detectors and have their belongings scanned.
- Video/audio-recording is not permitted.
- Cell phone use and photography are not permitted in the exhibitions.
- Flash photography is not permitted in the Hall of Remembrance.
- Unauthorized use of Museum classrooms, theaters, and meeting spaces by outside groups or organizations is prohibited.
- The Museum cannot guarantee entry to groups that arrive more than 30 minutes after their scheduled group reservation time.
Guide to the Permanent Exhibition (PDF) – A guide highlighting key elements of the Permanent Exhibition. Numbered images correspond to locations identified in the map at the back of the guide. (PDF available)
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ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM IS FREE!
GROUPS OF FEWER THAN 40
From September through February, you do not need passes to enter the Permanent Exhibition. From March through August—the Museum’s busy season—passes are required. You may obtain them online in advance for a small service charge or for free in person at the Museum on the day of your visit. The supply of advance and same-day passes is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
GROUPS OF 40 OR MORE
From September through February, you do not need passes to enter the Permanent Exhibition. From March through August—the Museum’s busy season—passes are required. You may obtain them for free in person at the Museum on the day of your visit if they are available, or you may schedule your visit in advance by using our advance group reservation system.
- Group reservations are free and may be made as early as 8 p.m. Eastern time six months prior to the date of your visit. The latest you may make a group reservation is 3 p.m. Eastern time one day before your visit. Due to high demand, we strongly encourage groups who wish to visit during spring and summer to complete their reservations well in advance.
- We will send you an e-mail confirmation at the conclusion of the online reservation process; this e-mail will serve as your timed-entry reservation. Please see Museum Resources to prepare for your group visit to the Permanent Exhibition.
- Adequate supervision of students and their conduct is essential. We strongly recommend groups provide at least one adult chaperone for every five students under age 18. Chaperones should ensure the proper conduct of students in their group at all times. For further information, please see our Building Regulations (PDF).
- Groups scheduled to visit the Permanent Exhibition check in and enter at the Raoul Wallenberg Place (15th Street) entrance. Help us prepare your group for entry by forming a single-file line, with a chaperone at both the front and back.
ARRIVAL AND ENTRY
All visitors must pass through security, which includes metal detectors and scanners. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your reservation to allow time for this. Given the Museum’s limited storage capacity, we strongly recommended you refrain from bringing your coats and bags with you.
Please see Museum Resources for guides, activities, and other learning materials designed to help you prepare for your visit.
MAKE YOUR VISIT COMPLETE
STATE OF DECEPTION: THE POWER OF NAZI PROPAGANDA
Your group visit to State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, also includes A Dangerous Lie: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which explores the continuing impact of the most widely distributed antisemitic publication of modern times. Adjacent to the exhibition is the continuous presentation of a 14-minute film on antisemitism in Western Europe before World War II.
State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda reveals how the Nazi Party used modern techniques as well as new technologies and carefully crafted messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany. This groundbreaking exhibition presents rare posters, photographs, artifacts, and film documenting the pivotal role of propaganda in the Nazi effort to achieve and consolidate power and drive the world into a war that cost some 55 million lives, including six million Jews, in the Holocaust. The legacy of this era continues today, influencing debates about hate speech and the dangers of propaganda in democratic societies, as well as efforts to prevent and punish the crime of genocide.
PERMANENT EXHIBITION: THE HOLOCAUST
This exhibition, available year round, offers a comprehensive historical narrative. Typically, visitors spend between one and three hours in the exhibition. It is recommended for ages 11 and above. Visitors move through the exhibition’s three floors, starting at the top: the opening floor,Nazi Assault – 1933 to 1939; the middle floor, The “Final Solution” – 1940 to 1945; and the final floor, Last Chapter.
What’s Inside the Museum
- Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust
- Special Exhibitions
- Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story
- Talking to Survivors
- Museum Café
- Museum Shop
- Wexner Learning Center
- Children’s Tile Wall
- Hall of Remembrance
- Museum Art and Architecture
Educational Museum Aids and Links
- Why teach about the Holocaust?
- Guidelines for Teaching
- Are you new to teaching about the Holocaust?
- Online Teacher Workshop
- State Profiles on Holocaust Education
- Essential Topics to Teach
- Resources and Materials
- Personal Stories and ID Cards
- Lesson, Activities, and Teacher Guides
- Common Student Questions about the Holocaust
- Contemporary Issues on Genocide and Antisemitism
Permanent & Special Exhibits – Public Programs Available
The Museum promotes the responsible teaching of the Holocaust through a variety of resources and programs to help the nation’s educators increase their knowledge of Holocaust history and implement sound teaching strategies. Education outreach programs provide teachers with quality Holocaust education, incorporating accurate history, appropriate pedagogy, classroom strategies, and teaching resources.
Consider rationales for teaching Holocaust history that resonate with state standards. Think about how this history links to genocide taking place in the world today. Discover guidelines and discussions that support rationales for teaching this history.Learn More.
Your core rationale should guide you, but this list of essential topics can help you to present a comprehensive history of the Holocaust. It includes stories about Holocaust survivors, lessons for the classroom, activities to assign students, and hundreds of useful resources. Learn More.
Take the time to deepen your understanding of Holocaust history and enrich your teaching skills. In addition to an online workshop, the Museum offers workshops and conferences onsite in Washington, DC, and across the country. Learn More.
Teacher and Educator Programs
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum For Teachers and Educators
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum promotes the responsible teaching of the Holocaust through a variety of programs to help the nation’s educators increase their knowledge of Holocaust history and implement sound teaching strategies. The annual Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Conference for Teachers attracts up to 200 middle and secondary teachers from around the United States each year. In addition, the Education Division offers workshops and conferences in Washington, D.C. and in local communities throughout the country, as well as an on-line workshop. Skilled secondary school teachers can participate in the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program and join a national corps of educators who serve as leaders in Holocaust education in their schools, communities, and professional organizations. The Regional Education Corps (REC), a group of master teachers drawn from the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program, assists the Museum in implementing educational programming on a national level.
The Museum also supports a study tour to Germany, Poland, and Israel for secondary school educators. The Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teacher Program is co-sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, the Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, and the Jewish Labor Committee.
- Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Conference
- Current Workshops and Conferences
- Past Workshops and Conferences
- Online Teacher Workshop
- Museum Fellowship Program
- Regional Education Corps
This online workshop includes video segments from a workshop presented in Baltimore, Maryland. The guidelines and methodological suggestions in these video segments are at the core of every teacher workshop and conference presented by the Museum. They are offered here for teachers who are unable to attend a professional development program presented by the Museum in Washington, DC. In addition to video of the actual workshop session, segments include historical and artifact photographs, text, and links to related sites within the Museum’s Web site.
Student Leadership Programs
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. To reach those individuals and communities that might not otherwise have access to this education, the Museum has developed a number of programs for youth in the local Washington, DC, region and throughout the country.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL YOUTH OUTREACH PROGRAMS
For more information, please contact:
Jesse Nickelson, EdD
Director, Youth and Community Initiatives
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126
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