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Guardian of the Human Spirit Award

Holocaust Museum Houston established the Guardian of the Human Spirit award in 1997 as a platform for acknowledging dedicated Houstonians who have worked to enhance the lives of others and to better humankind.


Proceeds from our annual luncheon presentation of this award are used to continue the Museum's worldwide educational programming and its policy of free admission to the general public seven days a week so that there is never a financial barrier to anyone interested in learning the lessons of the Holocaust. Last year’s event drew more than 700 attendees.

Last year’s recipient was Gregory L. Fenves, President of the University of Texas at Austin.

Previous Honorees:

  • 2018       Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and Aggie Liberators of WWII
  • 2017       Gregory L. Fenves
  • 2016       Ric Campo
  • 2015       Velva G. and H. Fred Levine
  • 2014       Holocaust survivors Edith Mincberg and the late Josef Mincberg
  • 2013       Holocaust survivor William J. "Bill" Morgan and business leader Murry Bowden
  • 2012       The Harry Mach Family
  • 2011       Kipp Founders Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin
  • 2010       Mayor Annise Parker
  • 2009       Barbara and Gerald Hines
  • 2008       Marc J. Shapiro
  • 2007       Lester and Sue Smith
  • 2006       Sandra Weiner and Martin Fein
  • 2005       Naomi Warren and Fred Zeidman
  • 2004       Joan and Stanford Alexander
  • 2003       Ed Wulfe and H-E-B 
  • 2002       Jack Blanton and The Houston Chronicle
  • 2000       Linda P. Lay and Siegi Izakson
  • 1999       The Rev. William A. Lawson and Julie and Ben Rogers
  • 1997       Ron Stone
If You Believe
If you believe…
That a systematic destruction of a people should never happen…

If you believe…
That too many of our children are immersed in a culture of violence and intolerance…

If you believe…
That education is unique in its ability to transform ignorance into respect for those who are different…

If you believe…
That prejudice and hatred can be overcome…

If you believe…then act!
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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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