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Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston

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Through authentic artifacts, documents, and footage, Holocaust Museum Houston commemorates those who perished in one of humankind's biggest tragedies. Learn about the conditions inside ghettos and concentration camps, see how Jewish communities in Nazi-occupied Europe were reduced to rubble, and discover how propaganda was used to turn public opinion against the Jewish people. The museum features an authentic railcar similar to those used to transport people to the camps, as well as a fishing boat like the ones Danish fishermen used to ferry Jews to safety in Sweden. Audio features allow you to hear the testimonies of survivors who left war-torn Europe to settle in the Houston area. The museum is wheelchair-accessible and provides audio tours in English and Spanish. The audio guide is free for visitors with seeing and hearing difficulties. Add Holocaust Museum Houston and other attractions to your Houston trip itinerary using our Houston itinerary planner.
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  • This place is a HUGE slap in the face of reality. I broke down in tears while walking through here, looking at pictures, reading stories of what those people endured. The children...it was just...well...  more »
  • Place that really makes people excited and sad to see photos and read the stories about this horrible event ...
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  • Joined a docent tour of the centre and the gentleman really brought the story of the holocost and the link to Houston alive. Reminds us all to remember and not just stand by.  more »
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  • It was sobering. I knew the major details of the Holocaust, but there were so many things I was unaware of. Walking through the museum was heartbreaking. Seeing pictures and reading what so called humans can do to other human beings tore at me. Watching the interviews with Holocaust survivors at the end had us all near tears, including our 2 kids. As difficult as it was to see and hear, it was necessary. No photography was allowed, but there are a lot of pictures blown up and described, and memorabilia under glass cases. A must see.
  • Economical, very important historic experience. Age appropriate for 11 and 13 y/o familiar with the history. Very well thought out and kept up for 20 yrs. Note: major renovation coming up in next month. Temporarily relocated.
  • GREAT place to get more info and become aware of what happened. Tour guide was very informative and the care of rhe museum is very apparent. Staff was also very nice. Great place for children to learn what happened to these people so that the mistake foes not occur again. They have a small give area.
  • It was a great experience. I loved how everything tied into the Holocaust (the exterior, the smoke stack, the metal structure inside was for the railroad tracks). I was sad to hear that they were going to tear down the existing museum however going to rebuild in a few years. I'm glad I was able to come visit the original location .
  • I have been to the Smithsonian National Holocaust Museum in DC and also the Holocaust Museum in Houston. They are both excellent museums. I "lucked out" when visiting this museum because I happened to be visiting at the same time as a school group, so I got to "tag along" with their tour. I learned so much that I would definitely recommend trying to get a staff member to give you a tour when you go. I'm not sure their general policy regarding this, but it's worth asking. The museum is very thought-out and moving. I highly recommend a visit. As a side-note, you may want to check out the store as well. I was surprised to see some Dr. Seuss books, so I asked about them. That was the first time I really understood how politically charged his children's books were. Quite powerful as well.

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