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Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust – Virtual Tour

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust - Virtual Tour

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust – Virtual Tour

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust was founded in 1961 by Holocaust Survivors and is the oldest museum of its kind in the United States.

In 1961, a group of holocaust survivors began meeting to discuss their personal experiences, the importance of commemorating their lost relatives and friends and educating future generations about the Holocaust.

They each possessed valuable primary sources, such as photographs, artifacts, documents, and memories, and decided that these objects needed a sanctuary for documentation, preservation, and education.

The Museum moved into its award-winning permanent home in 2010. The physical building is integrated into the surrounding park landscape.

The architecture of the main building is designed to immerse the visitor in the horror and darkness of the Holocaust, as the ceilings are lower and the rooms darker in the galleries focused on the concentration camps.

While visitors are submerged in the history of the Holocaust, park-life continues outside of the Museum. This juxtaposition is a crucial component in the architectural design of the building.

The galleries are organized chronologically and cover Jewish life before the Holocaust as well as critical historical events between 1933 and 1945.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust - Virtual Tour

Artist’s View of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust’s home in Pan Pacific Park

Highlights of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

  • An extensive collection of artifacts from the Holocaust period
  • The “Children’s Memorial” – about 1.5 million children, perished in the Holocaust
  • The “Martyrs Memorial” – honoring the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust
  • The “Garden of the Righteous” – pays homage to non-Jews who risked their lives to help
  • The “Tree of Testimony” – a 70-screen video sculpture that displays the 52,000 survivor testimonies 
  • The “18 Camps “Interactive – in Judaism, the number 18’s corresponding letters are the word “Chai,” for life
  • The “Sobibor Model” – a model of the Sobibor Extermination camp

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust - Virtual Tour

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

  • Name:             Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • City:                 Los Angeles
  • Country:          United States
  • Established:    1961
  • Type:               Cultural Heritage Institution
  • Category:        Specialist Museum
  • Location:         Pan Pacific Park, 100 S The Grove Dr, Fairfax District, Los Angeles, CA 

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust – Map

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust – 360 View

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

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“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”
– Primo Levi

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Photo Credit: Photo: Belzarch / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0); Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust / GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html); Lamoth / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

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