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

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.


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
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

Address and Directions
Holocaust Museum Houston is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums.

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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