Our patrons’ first experience at the expanded Holocaust Museum Houston will include entry via the Morgan Family Welcome Center, complete with an orientation film and exhibition materials in both English and Spanish
“Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers” to House the Danish Rescue Boat and the German World War II Railcar – First Floor
“Bearing Witness,” the Museum’s permanent exhibit with personalized testimony and artifacts donated by Houston-area Holocaust Survivors, will expand with modern, interactive exhibit designs and increase the information within each unit. Both the Danish Rescue Boat and German World War II Railcar, currently displayed outdoors, will be moved inside the climate-controlled structure for preservation to ensure future generations of visitors and students will learn from these valuable artifacts.
The Rhona and Bruce Caress Gallery, And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide – First Floor
The expanded Museum will feature a permanent exhibit on Anne Frank and other youth diarists to educate visitors about the very personal stories of the Holocaust. Students will be able to access and utilize electronic diaries. Working with renowned diary expert Alexandra Zapruder and using numerous digital resources, this exhibit space will open doors of inquiry to HMH visitors of all ages.
Human Rights Gallery – First Floor
The Gallery will include a Call to Action exhibit, where visitors are challenged to engage with one another, and the outside world, to understand the choices that a single person can make to turn the tide and combat hatred. The Gallery will also feature a new Interfaith Pool of Reflection. This tranquil space will lend 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 Human Rights Gallery will become an innovative space for students and our community to learn about human rights and genocide during the 20th and 21st centuries. From across the globe, to here in Houston, this gallery will highlight the continuing issues facing the targets of genocide, persecution, and oppression.
Samuel Bak Gallery and Learning Center In Loving Memory of Hope Silber Kaplan – Second Floor
The Samuel Bak Gallery and Learning Center will serve as a permanent collection of 129 of Bak’s paintings, donated to the Museum by the artist, a renowned Holocaust survivor and painter. Utilizing a customized exhibit and bilingual curriculum about the Holocaust, Bak’s art asks its viewers to contemplate. The Bak Learning Center will encourage children and adults to think about the Holocaust and other genocides and then to consider the connections to their decision-making today. The Bak Learning Center provides a space for inquiry and reflection as visitors come to understand the content and symbolism used in Bak’s prolific paintings.
Moral Choices Hall and Jerold B. Katz Family Butterfly Loft – Second Floor
The new Moral Choices Hall will serve as the heart of HMH. Located on the second floor, programs based here will remind visitors of the choices they remain free to make and the lives that they can successfully impact. The Moral Choices Hall features the three-story Jerold B. Katz Family Butterfly Loft, where butterflies symbolize the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.
The Boniuk Center for the Future of Holocaust, Human Rights, and Genocide Studies – Second Floor
The Boniuk Center for the Future of Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Studies will provide a research and scholarly forum to consider how to best educate our community and others around the world about the history and memories of the Holocaust. In light of ongoing genocides and issues of human rights, the Center will provide a venue in which to consider values and how our work shapes society’s citizenry. The Center will explicate questions of morality and coexistence as these pertain to human behavior and decision-making. Located on the second floor, The Boniuk Center will house new and current educational programs, including the Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers, the Spector/Warren Fellowship, Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute, All Behaviors Count, Educator in Motion, Engines of Change Student Ambassadors and Through Their Eyes.
The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater – Second Floor
The expansion includes a new 200-seat Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater, equipped to provide a state-of-the-art experience for visitors. The theater will feature a professional performance-sized stage, including an artist dressing room, which will allow the Museum to expand the variety of presentations offered on-site, along with films and musical performances.
The Boniuk Library – Third Floor
The expansion of The Boniuk Library, with more than 10,000 volumes and numerous resources for in-house research and education, allows for enhanced public access to its 285 oral testimonies for research purposes and genealogical searches. The Boniuk Library is one of the largest sources of data in the U.S. for communities that were destroyed occurred during the Holocaust.