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+ Visit a Harsh Reality at the Moving Holocaust Museum
Our nation’s capital houses more than just gorgeous architecture, prominent figures and a rich history – it serves as the home to some of the most profoundly significant memorials in the world. For a true memoir to one of history’s greatest tragedies, take an emotional journey through the moving Holocaust Memorial Museum for an in-depth look at the inconceivable reality of genocide.
With a permanent collection housing three floors, the museum details the horrors that took place in Nazi Europe during the years of 1933-1945, with over 900 artifacts and four theaters detailing events too difficult to comprehend.
The exhibit begins with the story of Hitler’s rise to power through the use of propaganda and state-sponsored racism, entitled, Nazi Assault. Move between floors for the Final Solution and Last Chapter portions of the exhibit for an all-encompassing look at one of the most violent, inhumane and horrific acts of hate to ever consume a global community. With artifacts such as actual railcars that shuttled Jews to concentration camps, the Holocaust Museum seeks to realistically remind visitors of a time and place where hate superseded freedom, and to help us prevent future genocide for generations to come.
Insider Tip: Although the museum provides an in-depth look at an important historical event, please note that the museum does not recommend exposing children under the age of 11 to the graphic nature of the museum.
+ Who’s Who of Aircraft at the Smithsonian Nat’l Air & Space Museum
As with anything beginning in Smithsonian, The National Air & Space Museum has an impressive showing of all things airborne. Beginning with the Wright Brothers and constantly updating with new space artifacts and Hubble telescope pictures, this museum boasts a who's who of aircrafts. The Spirit of St. Louis, 1903 Wright Flyer, and Apollo 11 Columbia are just a few of the big names on display.
More than simply displaying aircraft, the museum also houses the aptly named Lockheed Martin IMAX theater, Albert Einstein Planetarium, and flight simulators if you want to get involved in the action. This is the mother of air and space collections and it's located in the heart of the nation's capital.