The Virginia Holocaust Museum opened more than 20 years ago and is a living piece of history. It's a space that is ever-evolving and changing to continue fulfilling its mission. The museum was established to give voice to those who lived it. It's the vision of the Virginia Holocaust Museum that prejudice would be eradicated through education and enlightenment. What started as a place where schools could bring children for field trips, has expanded to what is now a well-visited tourist destination in Richmond.
What sets the Virginia Holocaust Museum apart is the amount of involvement local survivors had in its development. As part of the exhibitions, there are firsthand accounts of the atrocities experienced by Jewish people who survived the Holocaust. One such narrative is of the Ipson family, who made a harrowing escape to Lithuania. The museum also has interactive elements that allow visitors to touch artifacts making the history of the Holocaust more tangible and accessible. The Nuremberg Courtroom exhibit is a recreation of the room where Nazis were tried for various crimes.
Educational and emotional, a tour through the Virginia Holocaust Museum is one that will stay with you for a lifetime. The focus shifts from the horrors experienced during the Holocaust to the many accomplishments Jewish-Americans have given this nation. There's a Hall of Fame honoring those people and their contributions.
The Virginia Holocaust Museum is always free of charge and open to the public. If you’re visiting with a large group of 10 or more, be sure to check the museum’s website for details. Book early as slots for group tours fill up quickly.
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