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Facts and Figures


All figures are as of January 2021, unless otherwise noted.

Visitors to the Museum

since opening in April 1993

  • Total: More than 46 million 
  • Demographics: Currently 24% school children; 12% international; approximately 90% non-Jewish
  • Dignitaries: 100 heads of state; more than 3,500 foreign officials from over 132 countries
  • Members: 177,849

Visitors Online

  • Website: In 2020, 21.8 million visitors from more than 238 countries and territories (53% international visitors)
  • Holocaust Encyclopedia: Available in 19 languages; in 2020, visited by more than 16 million people worldwide
  • Facebook: 932,328 fans
  • Twitter: 316,300 followers 
  • Instagram: 86,704 followers
  • E-mail Community: 836,000 subscribers 
  • YouTube: 21,700 subscribers

William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education

The Levine Institute is the world’s preeminent institution for promoting quality Holocaust education. As part of our nation’s official memorial to the Holocaust, the Levine Institute’s educational programs reach students, teachers, and the public as well as leaders in the American military, judiciary, law enforcement, and government.

The Teacher Fellowship Program trains leaders in the field of Holocaust education. This national corps of skilled educators promotes quality Holocaust education and programs to ensure that how and why the Holocaust happened is an important component of Holocaust education.

  • More than 420 fellows, representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, and 11 countries, trained since the program began in 1996

Leadership programs for professionals examine the choices made by individuals and institutions during the Holocaust to give participants insight into their own professional and individual responsibilities today. 

  • 21,908 participants from the judiciary since 2009
  • 149,400 law enforcement program participants since 1999
  • 57,640 military participants since 2005

Special Exhibitions in the Museum

  • Americans and the Holocaust
  • Burma’s Path to Genocide
  • American Witnesses
  • Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story

Traveling Exhibitions

349 presentations of nine exhibitions in 210 cities and 49 states, as well as Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Serbia, Tunisia, Belgium, and South Africa. The UN has hosted three Museum exhibitions, two and UN headquarters in New York City and one in Paris. Current exhibitions include: 

  • State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda
  • Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race
  • Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945
  • Some Were Neighbors: Choice, Human Behavior and the Holocaust

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

The Mandel Center promotes the growth of Holocaust studies at American universities, fosters relationships between American and international scholars, and works to ensure the ongoing training of future generations of Holocaust scholars.

  • More than 900 faculty seminar participants from 49 states and the District of Columbia (and Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Sweden, the UAE, and the UK) in 48 Mandel seminars held at the Museum from 1999 to 2019
  • More than 675 fellows-in-residence from 34 countries since 1994
  • Over 1,000 campus outreach lectures in 49 states since 2001

National Institute for Holocaust Documentation

The Museum is building the authoritative collection of record on the Holocaust and making it fully accessible and preserved for future education, research, and scholarship. The Museum’s collection of artifacts, documents, films, photographs, recorded sound, microfilms, digital resources, and published materials is preserved in the state-of-the-art David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center.

  • 23,571 objects
  • Approximately 111.5 million pages of archival documents, with an additional 200 million digital images from the Arolsen Archives (formerly the International Tracing Service)
  • More than 114,116 historical photographs and images, of which more than 34,874 are available on the Museum’s website
  • More than 1,456 hours of archival film footage; 220 hours of outtakes from the film SHOAH
  • More than 127,000 library items in 61 languages
  • More than 23,000 Holocaust-related testimonies and access to nearly 52,000 oral histories from the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation and 4,500 interviews from Yale’s Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
  • 209,960 survivors and their descendants, as well as other victims and WWII veterans, registered in the Meed Survivors Registry
  • Approximately 11.6 million name records in the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database, of which over 9 million records are available online

Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide

The Simon-Skjodt Center is dedicated to stimulating timely global action to prevent genocide and to catalyze an international response when it occurs. Its goal is to make genocide prevention a core foreigh policy priority for leaders worldwide through research, education, and public outreach.

  • Led over 10 Bearing Witness trips from 2004–2019 to countries of concern including Burma, Iraq, South Sudan, Rwanda, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Syrian border to sound the alarm about the need for urgent action in places at risk for genocide and mass atrocities
  • Met with hundreds of policymakers in the US and abroad to strengthen governments’ will to prevent genocide and mass atrocities
  • Hosted 30 fellows over the past nine years who have conducted cutting-edge research that can save lives—including developing the world’s first public early warning system for genocide and mass atrocities