The National Holocaust Centre and Museum

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Laxton

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Can you imagine anyone in the UK not knowing about the Holocaust? Unfortunately, recent studies show that this is indeed the case. Some people are unaware, others deny it. This lack of awareness and outright denial is terrifying when you consider that, put simply, The Holocaust was the attempt by the Nazi regime and its collaborators to murder all of European Jewry during the Second World War. The Nazis succeeded in murdering six million Jewish people and millions of other minority groups who they considered to be ‘inferior’. The magnitude of personal loss is impossible to fathom. This is why the National Holocaust Centre and Museum exists. We are the only dedicated memorial, museum and centre of Holocaust learning in the UK. Our purpose is pressing within today’s society, as hate is on the rise. We are communicators of Holocaust memory for a contemporary purpose: to encourage people to stand up against hate.
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Mary E
Aldridge, UK51 contributions
Jan 2022
My knowledge of this particularly harrowing period of history was very scant so realising this museum was close to where we were staying we decided to visit. We went on a Sunday which was still quite busy. I did pre book online but no allocated times were given so you just turn up, There is a lot of information to read and we did find ourselves queueing quite a bit early on so we did skip one small section. The kindertransport section - aimed at older primary aged school children - was especially poignant as it used experiences from a number of children. The pictures and words were heartbreaking. The cafe was a very welcome area to recover although it’s not very big. The plaques on the rose bushes outside are beautiful. I would certainly recommend a visit to this very thought provoking museum but try to avoid going at the same time as school visits as the initial corridors are quite narrow.
Written January 18, 2022
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Val W
Merthyr Tydfil, UK994 contributions
Apr 2022
This was a unique and touching experience that was at times harrowing. It looked at the story of the rise of Hitler and the subsequent Holocaust using a mixture of text, films and artefacts. Personal recollections of events were a vital feature.

We were fortunate in our timings as there were several large groups on site which could have been a problem but the adults had gone from the main exhibition before we entered and as we finished that, the school left which allowed us access to the educational section – “The Journey” - which focussed on the life of a Jewish boy from the rise of the Nazi Party to his departure via the Kindertransport. It was very well done and should have provoked lots of discussion back in the classroom.

The roses were not in bloom at this season but the personal dedications were just as touching as when we saw it in full flower some years ago. The gardens still had a lovely smell – the fruit blossoms were gorgeous.

This is not a “light-weight” visit but for anyone truly interested in the topic, it is a “must do”.
Written May 2, 2022
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topdeck5
topdeck5229 contributions
Oct 2020
Having just visited this wonderful museum, one can only say how informative how well laid out the museum is from the gardens to the museum itself. from the artefacts on display to the interactive displays showing short video clips of these horrific experiences many endured at the evil of Nazism. I will certainly endeavour to return in the near future. The books that the centre as on offer are reasonably priced and look forward to reading these informative pieces. The museum can only be described as a fitting and wonderful tribute to the many that endured the horrors of that time. Thankyou Despite the difficulties of running the centre at this time everything is in place to keep staff and visitors safe this was exemplary.
Written October 18, 2020
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Natasha
Oxfordshire, UK1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
Upon arrival we were told that a school would be present so if we wanted to view the Journey exhibition, we would have to (in so little words) be quick. So we had a very rushed look around the journey. We didn't have time to interact with the touchscreens and find out more about the survivors, which was sad.

We were excited to hear that a survivor would be conducting a talk so we attended, only to realise that we weren't allowed to ask questions and had to sit at the very back as there were 50+ school children watching, too. I completely understand this is an educational centre and schools will visit but paying full price for a ticket where we couldn't immerse ourselves in the exhibition, isn't on. I highly recommend closing the place for schools on certain days as 2 members of the public behind me weren't happy they had to wait for the talk and that it was full of children.

We weren't able to use the cafe as school children were all eating there (they could've used the room the talk was in for their packed lunches, so the public could take their custom to the cafe) we couldn't go into the hall as it was full of more children eating lunch.

The gardens had a couple of broken plaques in memory of people who had passed, too.

A very dissapointing trip that took us 4 hours (210 miles) in total.
Written February 7, 2020
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Hi Natasha, Thank you for writing such an honest review and I am so sorry that you had a very disappointing trip. I want you to know that we take feedback seriously and I have articulated all of your points to our Senior Management Team. I would like to apologise most sincerely on behalf of everyone at the Centre. You are quite right that not having enough time to explore The Journey tactile exhibition properly and watch survivor testimonies via the touch screen would have lessened your experience significantly. I was wondering, would you be interested in returning on a Sunday that was convenient for you when a survivor was speaking? You could also bring two friends, if you would like, free of charge? We would provide a light lunch free of charge to say sorry for your initial experience. Please let me know if this would be of interest to you. Sorry once again for your disappointing trip and I hope to see you again. Kind regards, Sophie
Written February 12, 2020
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linda
Dunstable, UK2 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The Holocaust Centre was close to where we were staying and very reasonably price entry fee. The grounds are set out to make the most of the flower beds of roses and the sentiments of families in their memorial plaques. We hadn’t booked in advance but had no problem paying for entry on arrival. The Centre is thought provoking and although terrible atrocities took place this is our history and should be remembered by future generations. It was very interactive. I especially liked how the story was told through a child’s eyes.

Definitely worth a visit.
Written September 3, 2021
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Jake N
Telford, UK11 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited on a whim after wanting to visit for a while. Upon arriving we made our way through the garden which seemed well looked after. At the reception we were greated by an extremely passionate and informative man (who I am ashamed to say I cannot remember his name) who gave us a history of the sight and showed us through to the start of the exhibition. The passion radiating from this man, especially being a volunteer was very humbling and brought the realities of the holocaust into prospective.
We made our way through the history of the holocaust and the information was endless with each picture having its own caption and visual and audio information on hand.
We also had the honour of being able to sit in on a talk from Simon Winston, who survived the ghettos. Simon was giving a talk to a school party who he kept captivated with this memories.
We were unable to see "The Journey" due to us running out of time, but we were very kindly given a free return ticket which we will certainly make the 2 hour trip back over again.
Written March 2, 2020
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Howie
Lincoln, UK67 contributions
Jan 2022
I have to confess I had only heard of this centre a few months back. At the time it seemed a rather odd location for such a site. Yet on arrival you are surrounded by peaceful fields and farmland, the centre a few miles from some local towns and villages. It creates a truce sense of peace within the gardens which are both pleasant to walk in and thought provoking.

I didn't get to see the whole museum as their was a school trip but the ticket lasts for 12 months so I'll certainly get a chance to later this year. I should add how lucky school children are in this day and age, as in the hall a livestream was played to them with a talk from a survivor of the Holocaust.

The museum itself is full of information and smartly laid out, I wasn't sure what to expect but it was extremely well presented. It's not a particularly big museum, but it needn't be as it simply allows you more time to take it all in at your own pace.

I highly recommend a visit here.
Written February 9, 2022
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Bagpus30
Worcestershire, UK31 contributions
Feb 2020
It's about 20 years since I came here last. The exhibitions have been expanded and improved - although it was very good before! It is always a privilege to listen to a survivor speak, first-hand testimony is exceedingly powerful. I came with a group from a housing association, both staff and clients, following a HMD event I helped to organise. It was very emotional for me as my grandmother was killed in Auschwitz and my great-grandmother in Sobibor.
Written March 10, 2020
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Ruby R
Saint-Pe-de-Bigorre, France3 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We took our children 9 and 12 years old. Our 12yo was very interested in visiting here as she has learnt about the holocaust at school. A harrowing and moving experience but so important, and a valuable reminder about inclusion and diversity (perfect secondary school trip,IMO) Very informative and the displays were perfect for our aged children. Dispite the atrocious topic,the best museum we have visited! We think our 9 year old was probably just old enough any younger and we wouldn't of taken him. Everyone should visit
not least to recognise the atrocities,pay their respects and gain some perspective.
Written July 29, 2021
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rothers2016
Rotherham, UK10 contributions
Mar 2020
The young man on reception was passionate, knowledgeable and welcoming. We visited both exhibitions. We will be returning soon, as even though we were there around 3 hours, we will need even more time to explore this amazing museum. Each ticket is valid for one year. There is an excellent cafe offering tasty food at a good price. We would highly recommend a visit.
Written March 12, 2020
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