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Rachel C.
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Report | 4 days ago
Be sure to have a few hours to dedicate to reading all the material available.
Anna S.
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Report | 7 days ago
a must-see! Especially for those living in the area and who have never been
Theresa
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Report | 7 days ago
This museum is a must see, I wish I would have gone sooner. We were privileged and honored to be there to hear a holocaust survivor share his story. I will definitely go again and bring others.
David R.
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Report | 19 days ago
Dress warm. Get a tour
Kayla
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Report | 24 days ago
If you want to hear the survivor speak, don't think you have to participate in the tour to hear the survivor. The tour drags on for a long time and you can just ask when the speaker will be speaking and do your own tour, which might be more enjoyable
Martha R.
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Report | a month ago
Be sure to go before 1pm to take advantage of the tour, very informative :)
Anna C.
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Report | a month ago
You need at least 2.5 hours there
Lani R.
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Report | a month ago
Plan to spend a couple hours or more. It is huge, but well worth the time.
Ruth M.
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Report | a month ago
Spend enough time. Super visit.
Jill M.
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Report | a month ago
If you can go at a time when there is a tour, it is beneficial. It is a must see for all.
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Named one of the city's best cultural museums by CBS Detroit, the Holocaust Memorial Center is among America’s first Holocaust museums. For more than 25 years, the HMC has memorialized the senseless murder of millions, promoting tolerance while sending out a call to action to prevent future discrimination, hate crimes, bullying, and genocide by keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust and the lives it claimed.

Starting near the museum's lobby, an illustrated timeline tracing 4,000 years of Jewish history leads into The Museum of European Jewish Heritage, which highlights Judaism through artifacts and displays. From there, a ramp descending beyond a 22-foot window display of Nazi propaganda leads into an exhibit on The Final Solution. Here, displays and audiovisual installations usher visitors toward the Survivors' Theater, where live presentations by Detroit-area survivors illuminate the atrocities' personal costs. Daily tours are led by the museum's caring, expert educators, who guide guests through the exhibits while encouraging them to internalize the lessons for use in their own lives.

New to the museum is the Weisberg Gallery, where a Holocaust-era boxcar stands as a reminder of the scale of the period's atrocities. The museum also welcomes traveling exhibits such as Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow, a collection depicting the story of Jewish professors fleeing Nazism and finding teaching positions at historically black universities. The exhibit explores the encounter between these scholars and their students, the impact the relationships had on one another, and the effect on the Civil Rights Movement and American society.

Post-war exhibits cover the Nuremberg Trials, honor the righteous individuals who risked their lives to resist the Nazis or save Jewish lives during the war, and pay homage to those who perished with a memorial flame. The museum also houses a well-stocked library, where guests can research their genealogy with materials dedicated to European Jewish history. Beyond its core exhibits, the HMC hosts special exhibits encompassing photographs, art, and history, in addition to sending survivors to speaking engagements throughout the city and hosting the Kindertransport Memory Quilt, whose patches represent the experiences of Jewish youth rescued from Eastern Europe.

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