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Reopening to the public on August 14, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum houses four main wings and interactive experiences immersing groups into the past, present and future of human rights.

The museum was closed for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic but reopens on Friday with new guidelines in place to ensure visitor safety.

The 55,000-square-foot building opened in September 2019. It was originally founded in 1984 as the Dallas Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies and became the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance in 2005.

“This museum is a dream 40 years in the making,” said Kerri Cleghorn Lai, chief advancement officer at the museum. “Modern, immersive and interactive technology captivate visitors throughout the museum’s three floors.”

During normal business operations, groups of any size will spend around three hours exploring exhibits, watching films and interacting with displays via artificial intelligence.

Venture into the Holocaust/Shoah Wing to discover 3,000 years of Jewish history and explore the events that led to the murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust.

Memorial & Reflection Room, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Credit: Amanda Lynn Photography

The Dimensions in Testimony℠ Theater allows visitors to interact with Holocaust survivors. With voice recognition technology and high-definition holographs, groups can ask questions and have a “conversation” with individuals who survived the horrors of the Holocaust.  

“The museum also features 68 video testimonies from Dallas-area Holocaust survivors, stunning artifacts from concentration death camps, monumental displays of real locations like the Brandenburg Gate and a fully restored Nazi-era boxcar,” Cleghorn Lai said.

Visit are completed at the Call-To-Action kiosks, which invite groups to take what they have learned and connect with organizations promoting human rights and dignity. “The museum sends a message to the world that we will never forget the Holocaust,” Cleghorn Lai said. “We want to teach future generations about human rights and what is means to be an upstander.”

For more information call 214-741-7500 or go to dhhrm.org.