Lester and Sue Smith Human Rights Gallery

The Lester and Sue Smith Human Rights Gallery is a primary tool in the teaching and outreach efforts of Holocaust Museum Houston. Human rights are at the heart of the Museum; exhibits and curriculum guides focus on human rights questions and modern issues.

The exhibit explores the evolution of human rights throughout history and the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a historic document which set the foundation for the modern day human rights movement. The Gallery includes contemporary examples of genocide and human rights abuses and educates visitors about the life and advocacy work of modern day Upstanders who have protected and advanced human rights across the globe.

The Gallery features the Interfaith Champions of Hope, part of The Boniuk Center for the Future of Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Studies. This beautiful, tranquil space lends itself to meditation and reflection, encouraging visitors to take the time to quietly think through the challenges that face us, as well as the solutions we can compassionately reach.

The Gallery also features the Call to Action exhibit, seeking to engage visitors to understand the lessons explored at the Museum. Visitors are asked to think critically, understanding intricate and age-old problems. The Museum challenges children and adults to engage with one another, and the outside world, to understand their calling relative to these social ills, and the choices that one single person can make to turn the tide and combat hatred and prejudice.


This exhibit: 

  • Does NOT require the purchase of a seperate ticket to view its content
  • Is suitable for all ages 


Permanent Exhibition

M – F: 9 am to 5 pm
Sa: 10 am to 5 pm
Su: Noon to 5 pm

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