United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 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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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
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.
The Museum is open every day except Yom Kippur (September 14, 2013) and Christmas Day (December 25). During the months of March through August, timed passes are required to enter the Permanent Exhibition. To reserve them online in advance of your visit, please see Admission and Ticketing.
Permanent and Special Exhibitions: 10 a.m.–5:20 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)
*You must enter the Permanent Exhibition via the elevators near the Information Desk; these elevators close 50 minutes before the Permanent Exhibition does, to allow visitors adequate viewing time.