Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers
Morgan Family Center

Authentic film footage, artifacts, photographs and documents show life in pre-war Europe, the Nazi move toward the "Final Solution" and life after the Holocaust.
 
The Permanent Exhibit is personalized with the testimony of Houston-area survivors who lived through a genocidal war that inflicted mass death on unprecedented numbers of innocent civilians. The exhibit begins by carrying visitors back to pre-war Europe and revealing the flourishing Jewish life and culture there. Authentic film footage, artifacts, photographs and documents expose Nazi propaganda and the ever-tightening restrictions on Jews in the steady move toward the "Final Solution." Visitors learn of the horrific conditions within the Nazi-imposed ghettos, the special mobile killing units that murdered thousands and the industrialization of death at complexes like Treblinka, Chelmno and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The exhibit also educates visitors about Jewish and non-Jewish resistance efforts, including the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, prisoner revolts, sabotage, the partisan movement, persons camps and life after the Holocaust. The exhibition concludes with two 30-minute films of testimony, "Voices" and "Voices II." These films describe the horror of the Holocaust through the moving, first-hand accounts of survivors, liberators and witnesses who made their homes in Houston after the war.

The Museum's Permanent Exhibition also includes an authentic World War II railcar of the type used to carry millions of people to their deaths and a Danish fishing boat of the type used to save more than 7,000 Danish Jews from execution. For more information, on the railcar exhibit, click here. For more information on the Danish boat, click here.

One of the many unique artifacts in Holocaust Museum Houston's collection is a Sefer Torah. Written during the early eighteenth century, the Sefer Torah, on display in HMH's permanent exhibit, is from the town of Lostice in Moravia. The scroll, numbered 1557, is one of the 1564 Czech Memorial Sifre Torah which formed part of the treasures saved from destroyed Jewish communities during Nazi occupation. These scrolls were acquired for the Westminster Synagogue, where they arrived on February 7th, 1964. Since their arrival, the Westminster Synagogue set up the Memorial Scrolls Trust to care for them. Some of them remain at the Synagogue, while others have been distributed throughout the world as memorials to the Jewish tragedy.

Lostice is 140 miles east of Prague, in Moravia, what is now the Czech Republic. Although Jews have a long history in Lostice, which dates back to the sixteenth century, the current population of 3100 residents do not practice Judaism. The Jewish population has changed over time. By 1930, only 55 Jews were left in Lostice. During Nazi occupation, 56 people were deported to Terezin and various death camps.

Information regarding the Memorial Scrolls Trust can be found by clicking here


Rescue and Resistance
Rescue and Resistance
The Camps
The Camps The Camps
Life Before the Holocaust
Life Before the Holocaust
The striking facade of Holocaust Museum Houston
The striking facade of Holocaust Museum Houston The striking facade of Holocaust Museum Houston
The Permanent Exhibition includes this 1942 German Holocaust-era railcar of the type used to carry millions of innocent
The Permanent Exhibition includes this 1942 German Holocaust-era railcar of the type used to carry millions of innocent victims to their deaths.
Address and Directions
 
Holocaust Museum Houston
Morgan Family Center
9220 Kirby Drive, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77054
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
 
Museum Hours:

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Museum Admission:

$12 for adults
$8 for active-duty military and AARP members
Free for children, students and college-level students with valid ID
Free admission on Sundays


Tours
 
Docent-led tours can be scheduled for schools and groups of 10 or more. Tours are available in Spanish, English and French. To arrange a docent-led tour, please call Visitor Services at 713-942-8000, ext. 302 or submit the form below.

Guided tours are available for all visitors on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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