dallas holocaust museum

The Dallas Holocaust Museum has recently been renamed to the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, and it finally opened to the public September 18. Not only does the museum get a new name, but also now features 55,000 square feet that is five times larger than its previous location.

The original Dallas Holocaust Museum predominantly focused on the horrific tragedy Jewish people endured during World War II, however, the expansion includes genocides around the world and human rights struggles in the United States.

There is much to see at the newly built museum, which recently opened its door for the first time September 18. If you plan to visit the museum here are some features, you should make time to experience. The first one is the Dimensions in Testimony Theater designed by the set designer for the blockbuster musical hit Hamilton. Dimensions in Testimony combine recordings, voice activation and holographic imagery. All of this technology makes it possible for museum visitors to interact with 3D Holocaust survivors for a unique experience that mustn’t be missed. One of the Holocaust survivors is Max Glauben, a survivor who lives in Dallas and helped found the museum.

One of the permanent exhibitions is a Nazi-era boxcar, that was acquired by local Holocaust survivors in 1984 and restored for display in the new museum. The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is the first to showcase an authentic Nazi boxcar in the United States. After passing through the boxcar, visitors will be met with a collection of suitcases with personal items suspended from the ceiling. It helps personalize the deportation process. Additionally, it gives visitors a better understanding of the belongings Jews would have brought with them to the concentration and death camps.

Be forewarned, as the subject matter is not intended for children younger than 12 according to the museum website. For those that have an interest or are familiar with the original Dallas Holocaust Museum, the newly designed museum is a must go-to along with some of the other best things to do in Dallas this weekend.

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is located at 300 N. Houston St and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $16 for adults; $14 for seniors, military, educators and visitors with disabilities; $12 for students. Parking is available in the museum garage on Houston St and is $4 per hour with a $12 maximum.

For additional information, you can visit the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum website dhhrm.org or call 214-741-7500.