After more than a year of waiting, the Holocaust Museum Houston is rejoining the Museum District in a grand reopening on June 22nd and 23rd. And this time, it's in the running for the most impressive museum in the district.
With $34 million in renovations, the museum will reopen more than double its original size at 57,000 square feet—making it the nation's fourth largest Holocaust museum.
Inside its new three-story structure will be a welcome center, four permanent galleries, two changing exhibit galleries, classrooms, a research library, cafe, a 200 seat indoor theater, and a 175-seat ampitheater.
A new permenant exhibit will be open and transporting attendees to surreal scenes of the Holocaust. It will feature rare artificats such as a rescue boat like those used by Danish fisherman to carry Jewish neighbors to neutral territory during the night. There will also be a World War II-era railcar like those used to carry Jews to concentration camps and killing centers.
Another gallery will tribute human rights leaders such as Malala Yousafzai and Martin Luther King, Jr. And also, noted as the nation's largest gallery of artwork, the museum will premiere more than 130 works by Holocaust survivor and painter Samuel Bak.
And of course, it's not a Houston museum without an interactive element. The writings of 12 young genocide victims, including Anne Frank, will be brought to life in a media display.
During the grand reopening, there will be Holocaust Survivor Talks at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. And the first 500 people that arrive each opening day will recieve a free tote bag. Yay to mementos that make you remember the time you went to one of the best museums in the nation.
Admission is free for children and students (including college students, which makes the new library a golden study spot), $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors active military, and AARP members.
Plus, it is the first ever Holocaust museum in the U.S. to be billingual in both English and Spanish. ¡Hurra!
Holocaust Museum Houston
Price: Free for students, $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, active military, and AARP members.
Address: 5401 Caroline St., Houston, Texas 77004.
Why you need to go: The updates bring a new research library, learning exhibits, cafe, and an incredibly rich and emotional history. Plus free tote bags.