The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is the latest museum to reopen at the National Mall.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. has announced it will be reopening to the public on Monday, October 26. Like most museums across the country, the museum closed in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic and remained closed during the busy summer tourist season. Visitors will have to wear face masks, observe social distancing, and reserve tickets online in advance.
The reopening of the museum comes on the heels of a shocking survey that concluded 63 percent of millennials and Gen Z did not know six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. The survey questioned people aged 18 to 39 in all 50 states and was conducted by Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was created to educate people about the atrocity of the Holocaust and prevent genocide across the world.
“As we reopen the Museum, the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is our highest priority,” said Sara J. Bloomfield, the Museum’s Director. “With that in mind, we look forward to welcoming back visitors so they can see the first-hand evidence of the Holocaust and learn how and why it happened. And for those unable to visit us in person, we will continue to offer virtual programming and online educational resources.”
Americans and the Holocaust, courtesy of The United States Memorial Holocaust Museum
The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Tuesday. Visitors can get free, timed-entry tickets by visiting ushmm.org. All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a face covering and there will be temperature checks upon entry. Some exhibitions in the museum will be closed, and visitors can only enter through the 15th St. entrance. The museum shop and cafe will be open for to-go meals only.