Virginia Holocaust Museum

Virginia Holocaust Museum, Richmond

Virginia Holocaust Museum
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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.
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Lien C
Newport, VA3 contributions
Nov 2020
VERY Impressive! The staff gave us a warm welcome and were very professional and friendly. We loved how we are able to visit all the exhibits "at your own pace." You are given a map and a printed guide to read as you visit each exhibit. As you go from one exhibit to the next, a light comes one to let you know which one to visit first. The life-size exhibits gives you the feeling that you went back in time and going through the experience (minus the beatings, being starved, and all the bad things that happened to them). It is definitely worth your while.
Written November 1, 2020
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Washington DC, DC27 contributions
Sep 2020
This well organized museum does an outstanding job of including in the holocaust story connections with Virginia. Recommend 2 hours + to thoroughly read the explanations and to visit each exhibit. Not to be missed even if you have seen other holocaust exhibits.
Written September 8, 2020
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Diver Dan
Washington DC, DC266 contributions
Aug 2020
We did not plan to visit but came across it and glad we did. If you have been to the one in DC, it will be familiar, telling the story on a smaller scale. That said, amazingly comprehensive. This took a huge local effort to set up in an old tobacco warehouse, a most imaginative re-purpose of an historic building.
Written August 21, 2020
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3 contributions
Apr 2022
As a professional historian of truamatic histories, I found this musuem to be distressing and disturbing in its presentation of the holocaust. I found sections of the musuem to be incredibly insenstive, such as when visitors are made to walk through transporation carts and crematoriums.The unnecessary use of mannequins to depict victims of the holocaust in particular adds an extremely upsetting visual to the whole experience. Additionally, the use of light sensors throughout the musuem forces visitors to enter pitch black rooms until the sensors are activated. This was a rather daunting experience for a solo traveller, and visitors are then forced to confront the many and numerous mannquins once the lights eventually turn on. Overall, the entire musuem was more of a display, rather than a place of learning and rememberance.

There are more sensitive and respectful ways of portraying this dark chapter of history. Members of the Jewish community and family members of holocaust survivors might want to avoid this musuem.
Written April 27, 2022
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Local Lady
23 contributions
Jan 2020
Visited with my teen granddaughters and husband. Reading about the Holocaust in school and actually see the exhibits, is so powerful. The video is an excellent way to start the self-guided tour. We were especially impressed with the Trial room.This is a neighborhood where you can visit Saint John's Church where Patrick Henry gave his "Give me liberty" speech. Wander the cemetery and tour the church. Then, a few blocks down on Main, visit the E A Poe Museum. Hungry? Three blocks toward the rail yards, you will find the best pizza ever - Bottoms Up. Take home some macaroons from Whisk bakery, also on Main. Great Field Trip for High Scool. Admission is free
Written January 8, 2020
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3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Didn’t expect it to be as big as it was. It was really cool and you learn a lot of stuff. Expect to spend quite a while there if you actually wanna go through it all. Would definitely recommend going. We’ll go again!
Written February 13, 2020
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Virginia322 contributions
Dec 2014 • Solo
Being from the region, I had some time and wanted to visit the VHM. I have a lot of interest in WW2 and thought this would expand my knowledge. Place is pretty easy to get to, free parking is across the street. It's nice there is no entrance fee, but they ask for donations, which I planned on doing. The tour is self guided unless you are with a group.

I was basically alone until I moved upon a small school group (very well behaved). However at some point, the VHM guide made a very disturbing statement. On the subject of the Nazis forcing out Jews and others, she asked "Who in this county is doing this now?" With no response from the kids, she replied "The Republicans! They are trying to send all the Mexicans back. But we need them because they do all the work that nobody else will do. And without them all the prices will go through the roof!"
I felt like saying "Excuse me?" but I did not want to start something, and I moved along.

Otherwise, the VHM does have a lot. The Nuremburg trial area was VERY realistic. And standing in the cattle car, knowing that about 100 people would be squeezed in there for many miles, really made me think.

I would not recommend this museum for young kids. Wait until they some knowledge of WW2.
Written December 9, 2014
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Woodbridge, VA548 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
I visited the Virginia Holocaust Museum as a first date with a fellow I'd met online. When we arrived, we were shown to a room where we watched an introductory video about the Holocaust that featured Richmond area Holocaust survivors. Following the short, 15-minute film, we were given guide books, and we began our self-guided tour. What I liked best about this museum was the unique perspective that was taken to tell the story of Holocaust. I'd never heard about Kristallnacht, the vessel called the St. Louis that carried Jewish passengers to Cuba, or about the displaced persons camps following the Europe's liberation by the Allied Forces. Best of all, many of the exhibits featured Richmond area members of the Jewish community. Including local community members certainly helped to the experience seem more real, not that the Holocaust should ever be thought of as propaganda or exaggerated. It seems to me that this museum was not recommended for children who haven't yet reached the sixth grade, but as a child, I learned about the Holocaust early, and think that any mature child will able to handle it. There is an exhibit that allows you to crawl through a tunnel to replicate what a family hidden by Christian farmers went through to avoid detection by the SS army. It is a small dark space that requires you to crawl for about 2-3 minutes, so I wouldn't recommend it for people with limited mobility or claustrophobia. If this interactive exhibit isn't one for you, they also have a replica of the court room that tried Nazi leaders for war crimes in military tribunals following liberation by Allied Forces. Also, there is a replica of train cars used to transport Jews to concentration camps that is much easier to navigate than the previously mentioned tunnel. Beyond the Holocaust, the museum has a replica of a Lithuanian choral synagogue. The tour guide book indicates that room featuring the choral synagogue replica is used as an auditorium, and it really just speaks to Jewish culture more so than just the Holocaust. At any rate, the replica is beautiful and impressive--I think it was my favorite part of the whole museum. :) If you're in the Richmond area and you have about 1-2 hours to spend, visit the Virginia Holocaust Museum. There's no charge to enter, the exhibits are interesting and seem to portray some of the lesser known facts about the Holocaust. Just keep in mind that food and drink are prohibited in the museum as is flash photography, though there is a gift shop to buy souvenirs as reminders of your time spent taking a look at one of the darker times in human history.
Written January 10, 2015
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Buffalo, NY469 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
This is a very informative and real place to visit. The museum is set up so that you walk through the time frame of Europe throughout WWII.

Plan to spend over an hour reading, and absorbing all that the museum has to offer. This museum is so very important, especially in the context of all the hate that is occurring in today's world.

We must remember, honor, and never let the horrors of the holocaust come back to modern day...
Written March 16, 2017
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Brisbane, Australia97 contributions
Jun 2014
Visited in June, my son had just finished studying the Holocaust at school. Very well put together museum. Free parking on the street or across the road in the museum car park: should have done that because the street parking was only 2 hours and we needed at least another half hour or so.
Really haunting, definitely a must see place. Free entry but donations are accepted. There's a nice gift shop attached to the museum.
Written September 16, 2014
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