Now in its 20th year of operation the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center (HMLC), a department of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, opened in May 1995 and was realized through the vision and generosity of many community leaders and Holocaust survivors. Museum supporters and members of the community will commemorate this important anniversary on August 9, 2015 at a special dinner being held at the Ritz-Carlton.
The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center houses a 5,000 square foot core exhibition that provides a chronological history of the Holocaust with personal accounts of Holocaust survivors who emigrated to St. Louis. Photographs, artifacts, text panels, and audio-visual displays guide visitors through pre-war Jewish life in Europe, the rise of Nazism and events during the Holocaust between 1933-1945, and post-war events including the Nuremberg Trials and Jewish life after the Holocaust.
In 2012, HMLC installed its newest interactive exhibition entitled Change Begins with Me: Confronting Hate, Discrimination and Ethnic Conflict in our post-Holocaust world today. By August of 2015 HMLC will have toured approximately one half million visitors during its twenty year existence.
In addition, the HMLC sponsors temporary exhibits, public lectures, a monthly-film series, teacher-training workshops, and an annual Yom HaShoah community commemoration. The HMLC also houses a comprehensive video library with more than 500 titles and an oral history project with approximately 150 testimonies that are available to educators and the public. For further study of the Holocaust, the HMLC offers a range of books for sale at the Museum bookstore. A Garden of Remembrance is available outside the Museum for contemplation and reflection.
- Admittance to the Museum and all programs are free of charge and open to the public.
- For groups of 10 or more reservations are required.
- HMLC has an audio tour for visitors who would like some guidance but want to go at their own pace.
- For a list of programs and events, please check the events link.
- For additional information, contact the HMLC at (314) 442-3711.