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“Emotional and thought-provoking”

Holocaust Museum Houston
Ranked #15 of 312 things to do in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Holocaust Museum Houston educates visitors about prejudice and tolerance. You can see archival film, a Danish rescue boat and a World War II railcar used to transport victims to concentration camps.
Reviewed March 16, 2014

I brought my 2 kids, aged 14 and 8, to this museum on their spring break. First off, I will say that I do not suggest bringing very little kids to this museum --- first, because of the subject matter (which might require a great deal of parental explanation beforehand) and second, because of the way the exhibits are presented. It is a very print-heavy exhibit and there is a lot of reading involved to fully appreciate the pictures and the artifacts presented. Furthermore, if you take time to read through all the exhibits, the visit to the museum can span a few hours. The patient reader, however, will be tremendously rewarded because the whole history of Jewish persecution is articulately explained. What I truly liked about the museum is that it presented a major piece of human history and viewed it with a local lens by featuring snippets about Jewish survivors who found themselves living in Houston. At the end of the exhibit, there is a theatre where a movie is shown featuring oral history from the mouths of Houston-based Holocaust survivors. To say that the film is moving is an understatement. I shed a few tears, mostly on the tales of mothers like me, some of whom chose to die with their little children and others who chose to kill their own child to save others. One cannot view the exhibits and watch the film without thinking about fate, race, evil and life's meaning. Make sure to venture down the hall to view the Eric Alexander Garden of Hope, dedicated to the million and a half children who perished during the Holocaust. To its right, you will also find a World War II railcar that was one of several types used to deport the Jews and transport them to the concentration camps, and a Danish rescue boat similar to the type that the Danes used to ferry Danish Jews to safety in Sweden.

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Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Very informative spot to learn even more about the holocaust and WW2.

There were many facts I did not know and I have read a good deal about WW2 and seen concentration camps in person.

The only downer of the trip was the tour guide that snapped at me for taking a picture without a flash of a good display they had...

Definitely a must see while in Houston.

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Reviewed March 15, 2014

It was a wonderful place to help you remember what happened and to remind you that it could happen again. Ignorance is bliss but not concerning things of this nature. It's a definite must see but you have to go with time and absorb everything about the small museum! Loved it and will go back.

2  Thank Anne W
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

If you've been to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, then this one may seem a slight disappointment. It's a surprisingly small facility, and most of the exhibits are in a "lobby" that was very cramped with visitors and school groups when I visited. The exhibits are so close together (it's a BIG story in a small space) that meaningful attention to every detail is difficult when it's crowded. It begins with a history of antisemitism over time and then Hitler's rise to power. Then, it chronicles the systematic discrimination and eventually, attempted extermination, of the Jews in Europe. It's a great history lesson, and the staff has done a superb job of connecting each event with a local Houston survivor. That part made it really special. I was eavesdropping on the docents' presentations to the school groups, and they were doing a marvelous job of storytelling. I really admired their attempts to connect past to present (comparing the Displaced Person camps after liberation to those DP camps housing Syrians on the Syria/Turkey and Syria/Lebanon borders today). The main exhibit ends with a film of survivors' testimonies, all of whom are Houston residents, I believe. It's a powerful statement, but it might be time to update the quality of the video. (I don't mean re-do it completely, as I'm sure some of those giving testimony when the video was first shot are no longer with us.) The quality of the imaging seems adversely affected by age; I just wonder if it's technically possible to remaster this tape and bring the film quality up to 21st century standards. A tip to visitors: leave your phones in your bag or pocket while you're there. It's so disrespectful to the memory of these victims to go through the exhibit hall with your phone in your face. A $5 per person donation is requested but not required for the visit.

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

This museum is great...subject matter...well, wish we didn't have the history! The exhibitions and displays are very well done. They have a railcar used to transport Jews...gives you an eerie feeling.

2  Thank Shirley L
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