Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg

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The Florida Holocaust Museum is a Holocaust museum located at 55 Fifth Street South in St. Petersburg, Florida. Founded in 1992, it moved to its current location in 1998. Formerly known as the Holocaust Center, the museum officially changed to its current name in 1999. It is one of the largest Holocaust museums in the United States. It was founded by Walter and Edith Lobenberg both of whom were German Jews who escaped persecution in Nazi Germany by immigrating to the United States. Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel served as Honorary Chairman and cut the ribbon at the 1998 opening ceremony. The Florida Holocaust Museum is one of three Holocaust Museums that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum works with the local community and survivors of the Holocaust to spread awareness and to educate the public on the history of the Holocaust.
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  • We had great service from employees and there was so much to see and learn about. Great value. We will return!  more »
  • Interesting if one takes the time to read about the exhibits and history. I am not sure if translation headphones are available.  more »
  • As opposed to most other Holocaust museums, this one lacks the disturbing graphics so youth can be educated and not frightened from the experience. The lesson learned within these walls is to "be an....  more »
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  • I was pleasantly surprised with my visit here. I've been to Holocaust museums near Normandy Beach, memorial museums in Paris, and Dachau outside of Munich, and I didn't expect this one to be comparable. It's well set up, very informative and portrays the horror of this time period in a compassionate yet clear manner. I find it incomprehensible that there are those who insist this atrocity never took place.
  • There are numbers on each display, if you type in for example (110) and hold the stick to your ear it explains quite a bit. There's also upstairs to tour as well. Gives you a sense of what they went through and why. Stories of sadness, strength and courage to keep pushing forward when the world labeled them, wanting and trying to harm them... Definitely! Definitely! Worth the time to go! Don't forget there's an upstairs, parking is free and on the side of the museum.
  • Fairly well done. You can tell that the staff cares about remembering this time in history in a respectful way. Seeing an actual boxcar was a moving experience.
  • I agree, I wish it was bigger and that there was more merchandise in the museum shop. However, it was very informative and emotional. It didn't make sense to me to have a rock and roll exhibit there so I skipped it completely. Check it out, you won't regret it.
  • Great little museum full of knowledge. When you first enter you are greeted by security guards and go through a metal detector. You are then at the front desk where you pay very little for your visit. You are then approached by someone to ask you how you heard of the museum and another person to hand you a wand that will be your tour guide. The wands are very simple to use; there are numbers strategically placed throughout the first floor and you simply type in the 3 digit code and listen all about that section. These wands are very quite and you have to hold them up to your ear to hear so you dont disturb other guests. The first floor is the main museum and has a vast selection of artifacts and memorabilia. They even have one of the box cars from the trains that carried the Jews and a piece of track that has never been restored and shows the original state of how these people were transported. This museum is very humbling and is something everyone should visit at least once. It reminds you of that unfortunate part of our history in hopes of it never happening again.

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