7/7/2017
 
Museum to Host ‘Celebration of Hope’ During Free Closing Weekend

-Activities planned July 22 for last patrons of current museum footprint-
 
HOUSTON, TX (July 6, 2017) . . . Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) will host a “Celebration of Hope” Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum’s 5401 Caroline St. campus.  The family-friendly affair is part of the free admission weekend before the museum closes July 24 and relocates during its recently announced $33.8 million expansion.

Saturday’s “Celebration of Hope” activities include live music, food trucks, poetry readings by Writers Resist: Houston, kids’ butterfly art activities and face painting, interactive murals centered around hope, and live demonstrations by art students from Harmony Schools and Via Colori chalk artists Team RussKell.  Special booths by HMH partners Barnes & Noble, Houston Japanese American Citizen League, Equality Texas, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for the Healing of Racism, and Asia Society will provide information and fun activities for all ages.  Guided docent tours are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., along with special appearances and conversations with Houston-area Holocaust survivors at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Our closing weekend will be bittersweet,” said Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga, CEO of Holocaust Museum Houston. “As a museum serving the entire community for 21 years, we invite all of Houston to join us one last time to see our cherished building. We are very excited about our planned expansion and the opportunity to ready our museum to teach the next generation about the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.”  

Admission to the museum is waived both Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, allowing visitors one last viewing of HMH’s “Bearing Witness” permanent exhibition, along with the WWII German railcar, Danish rescue boat, memorial room and galleries.  Featured exhibitions include a poetry display by Houston-area students on understanding the Holocaust, and “Vedem:  The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto” on view in the Mincberg Gallery.  “Vedem,” a multi-media art exhibition created by Rina Taraseiskey, Michael Murphy and Danny King, deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys who created the longest running magazine in any Nazi camp. 

Last month, HMH announced a dramatic expansion to more than double its size to a total of 57,000 square feet and make HMH the fourth-largest Holocaust museum in the country. Construction will require HMH to temporarily relocate most of its permanent exhibit, classrooms and administrative offices to 9220 Kirby Drive, Suite 100. The Museum will close on Monday, July 24 to begin the move and open to visitors at its temporary location on Tuesday, Sept. 5. 

Holocaust Museum Houston, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1996 by Houston-area Holocaust Survivors, their descendants and members of the community, is accredited by The American Alliance of Museums. Average annual attendance is 110,000 visitors, including more than 43,750 middle and high school students. The Museum 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, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. 

Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.   For more information, visit hmh.org or call 713-942-8000.

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9220 Kirby, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77054-9220
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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.

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EFFECTIVE MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017, HMH IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. THE MUSEUM WILL REOPEN AT 9220 KIRBY DR., SUITE 100, IN SEPTEMBER – DATE TO BE DETERMINED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE WHILE WE MOVE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW AND EXPANDED MUSEUM, SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN SPRING 2019.

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