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The Human Experience: From Texas to the World A Collaboration between Asia Society Texas Center and Holocaust Museum Houston
 
Topics
  • Global Competency
  • Literacy & Communication
Purpose

In 2011, Houston Independent District (HISD) implemented a district-wide Literacy Initiative in order to improve students’ reading scores on various standardized assessments. To that end, Asia Society Texas Center (ASTC) and Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) have partnered to offer a unique opportunity to students of all ages, with a specific focus on those in grades four and seven. By developing a curriculum based on the concept of the “Universe of Obligation” we are able to highlight the common threads of human identity, agency, suffering, and compassion.

Implementation

The exhibitions in each of the museums will serve as the centerpiece to explore issues of both the past and present. This project will specifically focus on increasing literacy and effective communication of global issues. This day-long experience will tie into and reinforce themes being explored in the classroom through discussion, creative art and writing.
Schedule (Wednesdays, Jan. 18-May 18)

9:00-11:15 – Tour HMH
11:15-11:30 – Move to ASTC
11:30-12:00 – Lunch (not provided)
12:00-1:30 – Tour ASTC
1:30-2:00 – Project & Discussion


Program Objectives
  • To engage students with artwork and exhibitions from varying cultural perspectives in order to foster critical thought about issues of global significance.
  • To provide an opportunity for students to practice critical thinking and creative thought in a real world context, completing a written work that synthesizes their experience at these cultural institutions.
  • To encourage students to demonstrate awareness and curiosity about the world.
  • Increase student’s ability to recognize diverse perspectives and communicate ideas.
  • To stimulate dialogue by promoting responsible individual behavior, cultivating civility, and pursuing social justice.
With 12 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the west. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach. 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, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

To schedule a “Human Experience Student Tour” please fill out the Group Tour Request form (http://hmh.org/GroupTourRequest.aspx) and write “Human Experience Student Tour” as the answer to the question: Why did you choose Holocaust Museum Houston for a group tour?

Human Experience Student Tours must be schedule a minimum of 6 weeks in advance.

For questions or more information, please call Visitor & Volunteer Services at 713-942-8000, ext. 102 or e-mail tours@hmh.org.
 


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, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.


The Boniuk Library is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Library is closed Saturdays and 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.

ADMISSION RATES:

Members FREE
Children under age 6 FREE
Students age 6-18 FREE
College-level with valid school ID FREE
Seniors age 65+ $8
AARP members with valid ID card $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 30, 2016), D-Day (June 6, 2016), Kristallnacht (Nov. 9, 2016) and International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27, 2016).

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.

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. Saturday tours run at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday tours are scheduled for 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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