1/21/2011
 
Museum Docents Needed for Fall Tours
 

HOUSTON, TX (Jan. 21, 2011) – In preparation for this fall’s busy tour schedule, Holocaust Museum Houston is now accepting applications for tour guides, commonly called docents, to help teach students and other visitors the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Volunteers will be trained in the history of the Holocaust and taught to give tours during seven weeks of training.

This year’s class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. from Aug. 9 through Sept. 22, 2011. Applications must be received by March 31. All classes will be held at the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District.

Docents must commit to giving tours for a one-year period. Weekday docents generally give one two-hour tour per week, while weekend volunteers typically give one tour every other week.

During the school year, almost 30,000 students in middle school, high school or college will tour the Museum and more than 125,000 adults from around the world will visit. Tours are conducted every day, and as many as three or four schools may be represented on any day.

“Volunteers need only a desire to learn, an interest in public speaking and a commitment to helping change our future by teaching the lessons of the past,” said Suzanne Sutherland, the Museum’s director of visitor and volunteer services.

“Visiting Holocaust Museum Houston is an adventure in learning for many students. Often, a visit will be the first time for a student to come face to face with the dangers of racial prejudice or religious intolerance. Our docents are trained to respond to their questions regarding the history of prejudice and current attitudes today,” said Sutherland.

For more information on becoming a docent, contact Sutherland at volunteers@hmh.org or call 713-942-8000, ext. 102.

The Museum’s docent training program is generously underwritten by the Emil and Anna Steinberger Endowment Fund.

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.

 
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Address and Directions
 
Holocaust Museum Houston
Morgan Family Center
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004-6804
Phone: 713-942-8000



Holocaust Museum Houston is a member of the Houston Museum District Association and is located in Houston's Museum District.

Holocaust Museum Houston is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums.

Hours and Admission
 
The Museum is open to the public seven days a week.

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.


The Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Library is closed Sundays.

The Museum is closed for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For other holiday hours, visit the "Events" tab on the Museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org.

Effective April 15, 2014, admission rates for Holocaust Museum Houston will change. Please note the new rates:

Members FREE
Children under age 6 FREE
Students age 6-18 FREE
College-level with valid school ID FREE
Seniors age 65+ $8
Active-Duty Military $8
General Admission $12

Holocaust Museum Houston is free each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Memorial Day (May 25, 2015), D-Day (June 6, 2015), Kristallnacht (Nov. 9, 2015) and International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27, 2015).

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