HOUSTON, TX (June 25, 2012) – Holocaust Museum Houston will now offer two more free, guided tours to help accommodate additional summertime guests. Tours start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., last for two hours and will be offered Monday through Friday through Aug. 17.
“It’s a great way for people to get out of the heat and learn during their vacation time. We know parents are looking for things for their families to do, and this is an opportunity to get together as a family and learn about history,” said Suzanne Sutherland, director of visitor and volunteer services for the Museum.
The Museum already offers free tours for groups of 10 or more that register in advance but the two additional tours will be for drop-ins and require no reservation. Tours are offered for adults and children age 12 and above. The Museum also offers guided weekend tours at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays on a regular basis.
All tours begin at the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Admission is free.
Tours will include the Museum’s permanent exhibit “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers,” and the Museum’s current changing exhibitions. The permanent exhibit features audio and visual documents depicting Jewish life before, during and after the Holocaust, as well as an authentic World War II railcar like those used to carry millions of people to their deaths and a 1942 Danish Fishing boat similar to the rescue vessels that saved 7,200 Jews in Denmark form the Nazis.
“The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws,” an exhibit closing Aug. 19, is a study of America’s own segregationist views and laws in post-Civil War America and the parallels between those laws and the Nuremberg laws ascribed during the Nazi reign.
“Returning: The Art of Samuel Bak” presents the powerful work of artist and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak. In his work, Bak depicts the struggles of the Jewish community and his personal recollections as a child in the Vilna ghetto in Lithuania. His work is a reflection of wonder and horror as seen through the eyes of innocence. Examples of his work are on view at the Museum until Aug. 12.
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, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.