Holocaust Museum Houston
The Holocaust Museum Houston is located in Houston, Texas. It has been established to honor the legacy of survivors of the Holocaust and to educate others about the events that led to the Holocaust. Founded by Holocaust survivor Siegi Isakson, the museum strives to commemorate the lives of the six million Jews who died during World War II, as well as the millions of other victims of genocide throughout history. Holocaust Museum Houston
Since its opening in 1996, the Holocaust Museum Houston has created several permanent and changing exhibitions to help visitors understand the Holocaust and learn more about human rights issues. These exhibitions also feature educational exhibits and the latest interactive technology. There is a library with more than 4,000 books and videos, and the museum has a strong docent program. Additionally, the museum hosts year-long conferences and workshops for educators and pre-service teachers.
Visitors will find five permanent exhibitions at the Holocaust Museum Houston. Each focuses on a specific aspect of the Holocaust, and visitors will see artworks, artifacts, and videos representing the lives of victims. For instance, the "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers" exhibition tells the story of survivors from the Houston area.
Another permanent exhibition is the "Dimensions in Testimony" exhibition. This exhibit features a virtual dialogue with Holocaust survivor Bill Morgan, and visitors can ask him questions. They can also view photographs of the events and read text panels that portray the roles of rescuers, collaborators, and bystanders.
In addition, the Museum has a collection of more than 10,000 artifacts, including items donated by survivors and descendants, as well as authentic concentration camp uniforms and a 1940s Danish rescue boat. All of the Museum's wall displays are bilingual and feature historical information, as well as directions to other amenities.
The museum also has an extensive research library that contains thousands of historic artifacts. You can also visit the Boniuk Library and Resource Center, where you can browse rare materials related to the Holocaust and other events of World War II. Researchers can arrange an appointment to examine the archives.
Visitors can also take a tour of the new permanent Holocaust Gallery, which features artifacts from the Holocaust and other world conflicts, including a 1940s Danish rescue boat and a 1942 railcar for transporting victims. This permanent exhibit was designed by Ralph Appelbaum and Associates and includes the testimonies of hundreds of Holocaust Survivors.
The Houston Holocaust Museum also hosts a series of affinity groups. These groups provide supplemental programming to the Museum and engage secondary students. Those groups include the Art Circle, Friends of the Boniuk Library, NEXTGen, and the Guild. Some of the affinity groups host annual events.
The Museum also hosts an education center, which is a focal point for the organization's efforts to promote human dignity. HMH has designed a series of cutting-edge programs to engage secondary students, and it conducts annual week-long workshops for educators and pre-service teachers.
In addition, the Holocaust Museum Houston has a robust docent program. Over 100 volunteers contribute their time and expertise to the Museum.