United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. Go through this article, to find some interesting and fun facts about US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Facts About US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Beside the National Mall in Washington DC, stands a monument in the memory of the death of millions who died in the Holocaust during the Nazi regime in World War II—United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). A living memorial that narrates the dreadful genocide that ended up killing nearly two-thirds of the European Jews, the museum is an inspiration for the humankind to promote dignity while confronting hatred and preventing genocide. The museum has been visited by nearly 30 million visitors ever since it was first opened to public in 1993. Interestingly, over 90 percent of the visitors are not Jews, though the museum has been dedicated to the massive bloodbath of Jews in Nazi Germany. The great museum is situated on 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, and remains open to the visitors from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Christmas and Yom Kippur, which is a Jewish religious holiday and falls in September every year.
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Location: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, D.C.  USA
Built In: April 22, 1993
Famous For: Holocaust History
Visiting Hours: 10 AM - 5:30 PM daily, except Yom Kippur and December 25
Interesting & Fun Facts About United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • The US Holocaust Memorial Museum was designed by architect James Ingo Freed of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, one of the few Holocaust survivors.
  • Weiskopf & Pickworth, Cosentini Associates LLP, Jules Fisher, and Paul Marantz are some other partners that largely contributed towards the construction of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • While the Meyerhoff Theater and Rubenstein Auditorium have been designed by Jules Fisher Associates of New York City, the Permanent Exhibition was devised by Ralph Appelbaum Associates.
  • The museum is home to over 12,750 artifacts, 49 million pages of archival documents, 80,000 historical photographs, 200,000 registered survivors, 1,000 hours of archival footage, 84,000 library items, and 9,000 oral history testimonies.
  • After the museum was completed, American President Bill Clinton, Israeli President Chaim Herzog, Chairman Harvey Meyerhoff, and Elie Wiesel delivered the dedication speeches on April 22, 1993.
  • Various environments, like a boxcar and barracks; artifacts, such as shoes, eyeglasses, suitcases and concentration camp uniforms and insignia; photographs, and documentary films have been used to give a glimpse to the viewers into the lives and fates of the victims.
  • Apart from the artifacts and photographs, the collection have been divided into archives, film and video, music, oral history, management, and conservation.
  • The official memorial of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum dedicated to the six million victims and survivors of the Holocaust is the octagonal Hall of Remembrance. Here, visitors are allowed to light candles, visit the eternal flame and simply, remember the massacre in silence.
  • The major highlight of the museum is the Permanent Exhibition which features historic film footage and eyewitness testimonies. The four-storey elevator guides the visitors through the story of a random victim or survivor of the Holocaust.
  • The construction of this museum was just the beginning of bringing the Holocaust to the attention of the world, which was evident from the 59 Holocaust museums that were built across major American cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, St. Petersburg, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Boca Raton.
  • Under the directorship of Sara J. Bloomfield, various leadership programs have been created, like National Institute for Holocaust Education, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, and Academy for Genocide Prevention, to name a few.
  • Owing to certain images and the subject matter which are on display inside the museum, it is recommended that the visitors must be at least 11 years old or more.
  • In the year 2000, the museum was rated as the third most popular attraction in Washington, DC, behind the White House and the Vietnam Wall.
  • Since its inauguration, the museum has been visited by more than 30 million tourists. It has also been visited by more than 90 heads of state and more than 3,000 foreign officials from all around the world.
  • The USHMM has been organizing travelling exhibitions since 1991. This mobile exhibition travels all over the United States and the world and have till date travelled across hundred cities in more than 35 states.
  • Inside the museum there are 3,000 tiles painted by American children to commemorate the 1.5 million children who were brutally killed during the holocaust. It is one of the major attractions inside the premises of the museum and its most significant feature is that each of the tiles carries a unique scene or image.

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