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Visiting the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. can be a memorable and life-changing experience. Here are some tips for visiting the Holocaust Museum, including how to get there, when to go and what to see.See Transcript

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reflects on one of history's largest calamities to communicate one of America's most powerful messages on social responsibility.

Three Floors in Chronological Order at the Holocaust Museum

The museum's permanent exhibit has three floors. The experience proceeds chronologically, beginning at the top floor with the Nazi Assault from 1933 to 1939. How did a democracy change into a totalitarian state? How could millions of German citizens be convinced that Jews and other people groups were "enemies of the state"? And was there anywhere that these groups could look to for help?

The middle floor represents 1940 through 1945 and is called The 'Final Solution,' a euphemism that Nazis used to refer to their murder of six million Jews. Actual bunks and a period railcar bring to life the conditions of European Jews under Nazi control.

The final floor is called the Last Chapter and describes the allied liberation of concentration camps, the discovery of atrocities committed there, and attempts to bring the murderers to justice.

Tips for Visiting the Holocaust Museum With Children

The Holocaust Museum prompts visitors to examine how they can take responsibility: to speak for the oppressed and against injustice--to take concrete action to help those in need. The museum is recommended for both adults and children age 11 and up.

In addition, the museum offers exhibits for younger children, including Remember the Children: Daniel's Story and the Children's Tile Wall. Get the museum's Family Guide online or at the museum for more information.

How to Get to the Holocaust Museum

Admission is free. During the peak season from March through August, visitors must obtain timed passes, either online before visiting or at the museum on the day of the visit. The Museum is just south of the Washington Monument, next to the Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

The powerful message of the Holocaust Museum just might make this stop the most memorable and life-changing experience that you have in Washington, D.C. To learn more, visit About.com.
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