The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust, educating about its causes and illustrating how what happened during this tragic period relates to our lives today.
While learning Holocaust history is the key to understanding its roots, we have another duty: to empower visitors to make the world a kinder, safer, more tolerant place by rejecting all forms of hate, intolerance, racism, and bigotry.
The Museum fulfills that mission through the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of its collections and with education programs and initiatives that promote justice and equality.
Survivors remain the heart of the Museum. Their donations of precious family photos, official documents, and heirlooms personalize history and enrich the experience of visitors to our physical space and online. Most importantly, survivors share their stories with guests, especially students on school field trips. As the Holocaust recedes further into history, relatives of survivors continue that tradition by sharing the experiences of grandparents, parents, and cousins. Dozens of local survivors recorded their histories, which remain a rich trove of primary history.
The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center grew out of the desire of St. Louis area survivors to ensure that the history and lessons of the Holocaust are not forgotten.
Their dream was to create a destination that is educational, respectful, memorable, and relevant to future generations. After more than two decades of passion and planning, the Museum opened in 1995. The Museum has become a trusted resource in the St. Louis region and beyond. Each year, more than 30,000 guests enter our space for a docent-led tour, original exhibit or lecture by subject expert. Many more are virtual visitors who experience us through our website.
Through the years, the Museum added exhibits about more recent hate-fueled tragedies, including genocide in Rwanda, murders by a self-proclaimed white supremacist in Kansas City, and aggression towards members of the LGBTQ community.
The goal is that every person we touch is empowered to stand up to hate, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, and injustice in their everyday lives.
Thanks to our donors, visitors enjoy the Museum free of charge. The Museum is a department of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.