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“Holocaust” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Virginia Holocaust Museum

Virginia Holocaust Museum
2000 E. Cary Street Richmond, VA 23223, Richmond, VA 23223
+1 804-257-5400
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Ranked #7 of 83 Attractions in Richmond
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Founded to educate the community about the tragedies of the Holocaust, the Virginia Holocaust Museum strives to memorialize and document the atrocities of World War II. Through exhibits, programming, and outreach, the Museum uses the history of genocide to teach the dangers of prejudice and indifference.
Arlington, Virginia
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“Holocaust”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I've been to the holocaust museum in Israel and I would say that this is a miniature version of the one in Israel. The artifacts that were on display were the ones they collected from the Jewish people who lives in Richmond which I believe are mostly from Poland. The stories from the survivors are very moving. Need to spend 2-3 hours specially if you opted for the audio tour.

Visited July 2013
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“Nice Job”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

It's hard to say that something that recalls violence is "nice" but these folks did a nice job with the presentation of this awful history. It's tasteful, but never shies away from the barbarity of what happened. The exhibits go from the escalation of violence in Europe through to the recovery afterward. It focuses on Richmond survivors and relies on many artifacts from those families. It's touching and hard to witness. Once you go through this museum, you will have a very good idea of just how much suffering the Jews endured. You will also come away with a sense of how much good one person can do to help others.

Visited August 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Humbling. Devasting. History's hard lesson.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

1st Holocaust museum I have visited, it is in an old tobacco factory (maybe former Lucky Strike factory). Very large museum which is setup to take you on a journey from boarding a train car that moves to a gas chamber to a crematorium. Filled with actual pictures and stories of survivors. Very moving museum and IMHO should be made part of the school curriculum as a LEARNING field trip. I truly hope that the children of Virginia do come and learn about the terrible tragedy which happened to 6 million people who were eradicated. This is a lesson that can best be taught by actually SEEING this incredible museum Kudos to Virginia patrons who developed this outstanding memorial. And it is FREE admission, donations accepted. Plan to spend about 2-3 hours. The museum has a room which is setup as the actual Nuremberg trials with actual tapes of those hearings - very very well done. I cried.

Visited August 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I was expecting to be disappointed after seeing the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. I was wrong. Be sure to get the audio tour! It is done by a Richmond Holocaust survivor. They have a long tunnel you crawl through simulating the hiding place his family used on a farm after escaping a camp. You also go into a gas chamber with closed doors. Powerful! Admission is free, but there is a box for donations. Allow at least 3 hours if you do the audio tour.

Visited August 2013
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“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the best museums I've been to! It's very interesting and full of information. It was extremely moving. Can't believe anyone would treat people the way they did!

Visited August 2013
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