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“Its a must in a world torn asunder”

Museo Memoria y Tolerancia
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Mexico City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #12 of 524 things to do in Mexico City
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Memory and Tolerance Museum delinates -in a didactic manner- the historical memory of the multiple genocides and crimes against humanity. The visit warns the viewer of the danger of difference, discrimination and violence in order to engender responsability, respect and consciousness in each and every person. Contemporary subjects are also presented in order to lead us to reflect on the role we wish to play in our every day lives. Tolerance, diversity, dialogue and empathy force us to see the commitment we all have to humanity. The visitor is invited to be generators of change through social action.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access
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“Its a must in a world torn asunder”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

have been to the Tolerance museums in NY and LA and this is every bit as good
Makes one see the silly prejudices and foolishness of mankind

Visited May 2014
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“Must See”
Reviewed May 7, 2014

I would never have expected to find a holocaust museum in Mexico - of all places!

I was pleasantly surprised - the set up of the museum is extraordinary. Cudos to the designers and curators.

The museum starts with the horrors of genocide in the 2nd world war. It shows the extent and deliberateness of how the Nazis tried to systematically erase the existence of the jewish people. That in itself was worth seeing - I was personally surprised to see the scale of what was done.

The journey then takes you through other genocides - what? Other genocides? And then you realize that it was happening in Serbia/Croatia and more recently in Africa and the Sudan.

Its an eye opener. Well worth seeing.

Only brickbat is that all the exhibits are in Spanish - and you have to rely on the audio (I got the English one) to get a better understanding of what is on display. Though this did not help with the printed Spanish notes on the exhibits.

Visited April 2014
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“ABSOLUTELLY extraordinary! Best museum I've been to”
Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

This museum is out of this world! It's super well thought with lots if videos, short readings, audio guides, photos, etc. this makes a big difference because it touches on very strong subjects but makes it all very interesting and well put.

The part about Tolerance is amazing!!! I wish I had know more about Guatemala, Darfur, Armenia, Rwanda and others...

Even the building is very pretty and everything is really well organised and set.

I wish we had a museum like that in EVERY major city in the world. It could make a big difference!!

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“First class Holocaust Museum”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

One of the reasons I visited Mexico City was because I was aware of a fairly new Holocaust museum and very curious how good it was. It was fabulous, beautifully thought out, classy exhibits, extremely interesting and comparable to the best of our US museums. We spent over 4 hrs and needed more time. The last whole section of the museum is a bit different than other Holocaust museums I have visited in that it is devoted to calling attention to other areas of the world who have had conflicts resulting in losses of large numbers of people, such as Darfur and Yugoslavia. It leads you into possible ways of avoiding such terrible events in the future.

Visited March 2014
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“Never Forget - Vergessen Sie nie”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

A visit to the Museo Memoria y Tolerancia is a MUST for any person with a sense of history and an interest in the pain and suffering inflicted by people on others in the name of nationalism and purity of race. Forget about tolerance. This museum is dedicated to the Intolerance of some governments towards some minority groups during the 20th and the 21st century.

Allow four hours for your visit and do not come here to be entertained by a viewing experience.

I never visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. in the United States, but had a brief visit at Yad Vashem Museum in Israel, and a very comprehensive visit at Auschwitz/Birkenau Death Camp near Krakow, Poland, which I shall never forget. I do not speak Spanish but due to my familiarity with the Second World War history, and my partner’s understanding of basic written Spanish we did not need to hire a guide. A limited number of spectators can enter the museum at any time, so allow some waiting time for standing on line. We came there at 2pm on a Thursday afternoon in March 2014 and waited two minutes on line.

95% of the entire exhibit is focused on the atrocities performed by the German military from 1938 to 1945, during the Second World War. Black and white photos, mostly taken by German, American and British war photographers, have been blown into wall-size placards and in some cases are available as videos (e.g "Last Warsaw Ghetto Deportations 1943"; "An elderly woman facing a German Soldier with a Whip" etc). One room looks like a crematorium wall with ID passport photos of people that perished in death camps.

An actual box car that transported Jews to extermination camps is exhibited in another room. It looks like a small cattle car designated for the transfer of cows to the abattoir (slaughter house). You can use your imagination and try to visualize the hardship this people suffered while travelling for three days to their “final destination”, standing up without access to food, water or toilets. Some did not survive the trip. Those who did arrive at the death camps suffocated and died in gas chambers within two hours. Their bodies were cremated. Their hair was cut and made into mattress staffing; jewelry and gold teeth-fillings were removed and turned into bullion bars, which were later shipped to Switzerland; clothes, shoes and eye-glasses were stored in large storage facilities.

In addition to photographs and videos a visitor can see lists compiled by German administrative staff with names and ages of men, women and children that died in gas chambers, and military orders signed by German military commanders ordering executions and subjugation of the occupied populations in Europe.

5% of the exhibits in the museum deal with atrocities committed on populations in Cambodia, Ruanda, Serbia, Turkey and Vietnam, from 1910 through 2003.

During our visit we observed a group of high school students, aged sixteen years or older, viewing the exhibits. They showed respect to the subject matter and spoke in hushed tones. Some of the female students covered their mouths in reaction to the horror they just witnessed for the first time in their young lives.

Visited March 2014
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