Too young for Holocaust museum?

  1. The Schindler thread started me thinking about this. My middle child's legacy is that he was born on the day we were supposed to see this movie. He recently asked to see the movie which I let him. He made it through the end and had a zillion questions cuz we have a strong German heritage. My mom, husband and I want to go to the Holocaust memorial in DC. I'm not sure about it with the ages of the children: 12, 10, and 8. They are all aware of the subject and what happened. Anybody go there with kids? Is there a 'kid' version. I don't want to make light of the situation, but I don't want to scare the h*ll out of them either.
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  3. by   dianah
    vhope, I found this when I did a google search with the words "holocaust memorial DC children" :

    http://www.wordtravels.com/Attractio...morial+Museum/

    Basically it gives an overview of the museum and then does state the main exhibits are pretty graphic for children. There IS a children's section of the museum, however. Good for you, answering their questions and taking them seriously. Let us know how it goes.
  4. by   OC_An Khe
    IMO your children are old enough to go. Been through the entire museum it well worth it but plan to take a full morning or afternoon.
  5. by   JedsMom
    I've been through it too. I think your children are probably old enough especially with the fact that you have already discussed the issues with them before hand. I too recommend that you plan at least a full morning or afternoon to view the museum. Hope you have a good trip.
  6. by   unknown99
    I believe your children are old enough to go. My 10 and 8 year old went with us to see the Holocaust exhibit at Wright Patterson AFB, in Dayton, Ohio.
    It stimulated their minds, they asked some very thought provoking questions. I truely encourage you to take them.
  7. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from vhope
    The Schindler thread started me thinking about this. My middle child's legacy is that he was born on the day we were supposed to see this movie. He recently asked to see the movie which I let him. He made it through the end and had a zillion questions cuz we have a strong German heritage. My mom, husband and I want to go to the Holocaust memorial in DC. I'm not sure about it with the ages of the children: 12, 10, and 8. They are all aware of the subject and what happened. Anybody go there with kids? Is there a 'kid' version. I don't want to make light of the situation, but I don't want to scare the h*ll out of them either.
    The 8 yr old may have a bit of a short attention span....I took my 13 yr old last yr.I don't think they can really understand the horror of what happened but I can't either....The explicit displays are set up behind waist high barriers so that younger visitors and adults that wish to do so can avoid them....I will never forget the day we spent there-we were there all day and we still missed one section (Daniel's story which is a child's story and geared more to children) It inspired me to read and learn more about what really happened and our country's involvement.....

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