HOUSTON, TX (June 22, 2009) – Holocaust Museum Houston will now offer two more free, guided tours to accommodate additional summertime guests. The tours start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., last for two hours and will be offered Monday through Friday for the duration of the summer.
“It’s a great way for people to get out of the heat and learn during their vacation time,” said Suzanne Sutherland, director of visitor and volunteer services for the Museum.
The Museum already offers free tours for groups of 10 or more that register in advance, but the two additional tours will be for drop-ins and require no reservation. Tours are offered for adults and children age 10 and above.
Tours will include the Museum’s permanent exhibit “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers,” and the Museum’s current exhibitions on political cartoonists Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel and Arthur Szyk. The permanent exhibit features audio and visual documents depicting Jewish life before, during and after the Holocaust, as well as an authentic World War II railcar like those used to carry millions of people to their deaths and a 1942 Danish fishing boat similar to the rescue vessels that saved 7,000 Jews in Denmark from the Nazis.
“Dr. Seuss Wants You!,” an exhibit closing July 5, highlights the more than 400 editorial cartoons created by Geisel for the New York newspaper PM from 1941 to 1943. His cartoons helped inspire a divided United States to get involved in the conflict against Nazi Germany. While more serious in content, the designs he did during this time period would influence the many world-renowned children’s books that would make Geisel famous.
“A One-Man Army: The Art of Arthur Szyk” focuses on a Polish artist whose illustrations supported humanitarian causes and the fight against Nazi oppression. Throughout his work, Szyk portrayed the Jewish people not as victims but as strong, patriotic and heroic. Examples of his work are on view at the Museum until July 26.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.
For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.