United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Top choice museum in Capitol Hill & South DC

For a deep understanding of the Holocaust – its victims, perpetrators and bystanders – this harrowing museum is a must-see. The main exhibit gives visitors the identity card of a single Holocaust victim, whose story is revealed as you take a winding route into a hellish past marked by ghettos, rail cars and death camps. It also shows the flip side of human nature, documenting the risks many citizens took to help the persecuted.

To view the permanent exhibit, same-day passes, available at the desk on the 1st floor, are required March through August. The passes allow entrance at a designated time. Arrive early because they do run out. Better yet, reserve tickets in advance via the museum’s website for a $1 surcharge. If you have children under 11 years, a gentler installation – ‘Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story’ – is on the 1st floor.