Holocaust Museum Houston features a permanent exhibit detailing the history of the Nazis’ persecution of the Jewish, gypsy, and homosexual populations (as well as other groups) of Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. While not as grand of scale as the National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, the Houston museum does an excellent job of explaining the atrocities committed by Hitler’s Nazi government before and during the war. The museum features many local connections, including displays with the family trees and photos of a number of Holocaust survivors that eventually settled in Houston, lists of Houston-area survivors, and a film featuring local survivors recalling their individual experiences. After arriving be sure to inquire about a free, docent-led tour. These tours are frequently conducted by local Holocaust survivors and their family members and are a better alternative to viewing the permanent exhibit alone or with the available (for approximately $5) audio tour. Each docent-led tour is unique, due to the different interests and insights of the volunteer docents, but you will have time after the tour to view the films and come back and spend more time in the permanent exhibit if you desire. The building housing the museum has quite a bit of symbolism in its design; be sure to ask a museum volunteer about it. Also included is an educational library, a special exhibits gallery with rotating and touring exhibits, a garden area, and a small prayer chapel. Like the Menil Collection, this museum is a little off the beaten path, but is well worth your time to visit.
District of Columbia County, District of Columbia
July 25, 2004
From journal Tour Houston By MetroRail