The Dallas Holocaust Museum, located in Dallas Texas, has two major goals. The first is ensuring that the Holocaust never be lost to history and forgotten. The second is to encourage people to help stamp out hatred and prejudice by promoting compassion and understanding towards all of humanity.
These two primary goals are always at the forefront of museum activities. History isn’t just about the past but also focuses on the way life is lived today and what can be done to prevent future tragedies like the Holocaust. The Dallas Holocaust Museum is a major attraction with over forty thousand students in elementary, middle and high schools visiting each year. Thousands of walk-in visitors are equally eager to take advantage of the museum’s offerings.
In addition to special events and touring exhibitions, visitors to the Dallas Holocaust Museum can view displays of photographs and artifacts that portray Jewish life in Europe. There is also a library containing at least 2500 books (many rare) as well as videotapes where Holocaust survivors were recorded, bravely recounting their experiences. A Memorial room not only commemorates those who died but the Righteous Gentiles who tried valiantly to keep them alive.
Artifacts include possessions from rings to papers owned by those who didn’t survive the Holocaust. It is impossible to visit the museum without feeling the silent presence of those who are no longer here but have left such strong evidence of their lives.
Visitors to the Dallas Holocaust Museum inevitably leave glowing reviews about their experiences during their visits. Typical responses focus on how moved and impressed adults and students were as they toured the building. Many felt that the presentations were honest, strong and useful for young students who wanted to learn more about the Holocaust. Most described it as a “must see” for those visiting Dallas, as well as the best presentation about the Holocaust in the United States.
Tours of the museum are available but appointments should be made ahead of time for group tours. There is also a self-guided option for a digital form of touring the museum; all self-guided with taped information that allows visitors to go through the museum at their own pace. These are included with the admission price. Spanish speaking visitors can request a Spanish self-guided tour. The tours take approximately 30 minutes to well over two hours.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum is open every day of the week. Hours on Monday through Friday are 9:30 am to 5 pm. Saturday and Sunday hours are 11 am – 5 pm. The museum is closed on the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah (2 days) and Yom Kippur.
The museum is also closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day well as Thanksgiving, Easter Sunday and Independence Day. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students under age 18 as well as seniors who are 55 years of age or older. Active military members also pay $4 and if groups with more than 15 members attend, the admission price is $4 per person.
For those who want a very special experience, the Holocaust Museum of Dallas offer Holocaust Survivor accounts as well as Liberator testimony. This option is not available to students below the 7th grade as some accounts can be graphic but also quite moving. Those willing to share their experiences are volunteers. Arrangements should be made in advance. If possible, a donation should be made to the museum for those taking advantage of this benefit.