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Planning Your Time at the Museum


If You Have 30 Minutes

See the history of the Holocaust through the eyes of a young Jewish boy in the interactive exhibition Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story.

Visit Syria: Please Don't Forget Us on the Museum's second floor to learn about the conflict in Syria, told through one man's story.

Listen to the experiences of American men and women who saw first-hand evidence of Nazi atrocities in the exhibition American Witnesses.

Explore the Museum's unique architecture in the Hall of Witness, the three-story glass, brick, and steel atrium that forms the central core of the Museum building.

View more than 3,000 tiles painted by American schoolchildren in memory of the Holocaust in the Gonda Education Center on the Museum's ground floor.

Light a memorial candle and reflect quietly in the Hall of Remembrance on the second floor of the Museum.

Hours, Location, and Transportation

Hours, Location, and Transportation

The Museum is located on the National Mall and is open every day except for Yom Kippur and Christmas.

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If You Have One Hour

Learn about Americans' responses to the rise of Nazism in Germany, World War II, and the persecution of Europe's Jews in the special exhibition Americans and the Holocaust.

Research your family's history in the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center on the second floor.

Check at the Information Desk to learn about today's public programs, which may include:

  • First Person, a guided testimony shared by a Holocaust survivor in dialogue with a journalist (March to August, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.)
  • Films on the Holocaust and contemporary genocide
  • A docent-led activity exploring the Museum's architecture

If You Have Two Hours or More

Explore history through historical artifacts, video footage, and eyewitness testimony in our Permanent Exhibition, The Holocaust, a three-floor chronology of the Holocaust. If you are visiting between March and August, passes are required to enter. 

If You are Traveling With Children

The Museum recommends our Permanent Exhibition for visitors ages 11 and older, and Remember the Children: Daniel's Story for visitors ages eight and older.

In the Permanent Exhibition, the most graphic materials are placed behind privacy barriers to allow guardians to decide their children's readiness to experience these areas.