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Virginia Holocaust Museum
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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.
Virginia Beach, VA USA
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“Nice Job”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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“Humbling. Devasting. History's hard lesson.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is one of the best museums I have ever been to. The theme of the museum is to give you an idea of how life would have been in a concentration camp. Even the outside of the museum is designed to look like a concentration camp and includes a model of one of the train cars that transported people. The museum also focuses on the importance of the Russian military in liberating many of the concentration camps, which is ignored in U.S. history classes.

Do keep in mind that the museum itself does not recommend anyone under the age of 11 to visit. There are real photos of concentration camps all over the museum and they are disturbing to say the very least.

The museum has free admission with free parking. I suggest going in the summer to avoid the school groups. There is no food for purchase, but it is in the middle of Richmond. There are two restrooms, one on the first floor and one on the second floor. The second floor bathroom was very clean (I did not use the first floor bathroom). It is wheelchair and stroller accessible in most parts with a ramp to get in the main entrance and an elevator to the second floor. There are no lockers/storage closets and no backpacks/extra large purses are allowed. There is a small Jewish themed gift shop.

The museum is in the heart of Richmond, VA. There are many sites near the museum to see, including the old wall from Libby Confederate Prison, which makes up the border of the museum parking lot. Maymont Park, VA Capital Building, Belle Isle park (highly recommended), Hollywood Cemetery, Edgar Allen Poe museum, Richmond Civil War Battlefield, and the American Civil War Center are nearby. You could make a day out of seeing all of these sites.

Be warned though, traffic is typical of any urban area and Richmond especially has a very irregular street pattern. Some of the streets were literally paved before the Civil War and have not been updated since.

Visited July 2013
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