Spanning three floors, the self-guided Permanent Exhibition presents a narrative history of the Holocaust and features historical artifacts, photographs, and film footage. Personal objects and the concluding eyewitness testimonies highlight the stories of individuals. Most visitors spend an average of one to three hours. Recommended for ages 11 and above.
This special exhibition explores how countless ordinary people, from all walks of life and influenced by a spectrum of motives and pressures, acted in ways that directly or indirectly aided the persecution and murder of Jews and other groups within Nazi Germany and across Europe.
The Khmer Rouge regime instituted policies that led to the deaths of nearly two million Cambodians—at least a quarter of the country’s population—as it sought to radically restructure the nation. With historical photographs, film, and contemporary artworks depicting the terror, this exhibition surveys one of the worst human tragedies of the second half of the 20th century.
Representing the experiences of many Jewish children during the Nazi era, “Daniel” narrates through his diary the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand. Recreated environments present life in a middle-class German home, in a Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland, and finally at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The exhibition is explicit without being graphic. Recommended for ages 8 and above.
A Dangerous Lie explores the continuing impact of the most widely distributed antisemitic publication of modern times, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Despite countless exposures of the Protocols as a hoax, its fraudulent allegations of a Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world have retained incredible power for both individuals and groups who seek to spread hatred of Jews. Accompanying the exhibition is a 13-minute film that chronicles antisemitism in Europe before the Holocaust.
This presentation explores three genocides that have occurred since the Holocaust: in Rwanda (1994), in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1995), and in the Darfur region of Sudan (2003 to its peak in 2005). Visitors are encouraged to leave a pledge of personal action against genocide and join the Museum’s e-community engaged in efforts to prevent genocide.
View the efforts of the Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide to bring attention to the people and places at risk today for genocide and other mass atrocities. The exhibit currently focuses on the deadly conflict in Syria, which has created one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.