The only museum of its kind in the world, the Museum of Tolerance is self-described as “dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today. “ A mix of history, education, discovery and empowerment, the museum examines racism and prejudice around the world – including atrocities in places like Cambodia and Latin America – but with a strong focus on the Holocaust.
There are a number of ways to experience and engage in the Museum of Tolerance. The museum features four main exhibition areas, including a Holocaust section and a new exhibit dedicated to the life and legacy of Anne Frank. There are also rotating special exhibits, examining such topics as segregation in Southern California. You can also attend one of the many events, which include guest speakers and special film screenings.
One of the unique experiences at the Museum of Tolerance is the opportunity to hear special guest speakers. For more than three decades, Holocaust survivors have volunteered their time to speak about their experiences during World War II. The museum offers a Holocaust survivor lecture every day, which are about an hour in length, and invites the public to submit questions via their official Facebook page.
The museum offers many educational youth programs for students of all ages, from elementary through high school. In addition to the library and archives, students can take part in lifelong learning programs, after school programs, outreach programs, interactive tours and special speakers. In an effort to support active participation and education, the museum also offers teacher resources.
The Museum of Tolerance, established in 1993, is the educational arm of the human rights organization the Simon Wiesenthal Center. To become a member, visit here. Or, to volunteer, get more information here.
Museum of Tolerance
9786 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 553-8403