Why you might roll your eyes:
Like many things that are important but sad, it’s a place a lot of people put off visiting.
Why you’ll love it:
The First Person program lets you hear stories from and ask questions of an actual survivor. Later, you tour exhibits on your own–but may see things you hadn’t before. In a room piled with shoes from thousands who died in the gas chambers, you realize the innocent hopes they had. “They packed everything, even pots and pans,” a survivor says. “They thought they were moving to a better place.”
100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl., SW; 202-488-0400.