Core Exhibits

Weekdays 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Weekends 11:00 am–5:00 pm

Located on the First Floor of the Museum, our core exhibits narrate the complex and sobering history of the Holocaust. As visitors progress through these exhibits—and chronologically through the events of the Holocaust—they are presented with a glimpse into the systematic destruction of European Jewry and the dangers of intolerance. Three hundred artifacts and the testimonies of local Holocaust survivors expand upon this history, representing the tangible and personal realities of this tragic event.


German Güterwagen

In 2004 the Virginia Holocaust Museum acquired an authentic “goods wagon,” or freight car, used during the Third Reich. Alexander Lebenstein, a local Holocaust survivor, worked with the Museum to bring this important artifact to Richmond. Visitors have the opportunity to enter the artifact and imagine the conditions experienced by the people transported in this type of rail car.
Ipson Family

At the center of the Virginia Holocaust Museum’s core exhibits is the story of a single family: the Ipsons. The Ipson Saga exhibition shares the experience of a family of local Holocaust survivors whose confinement in the Kovno ghetto and harried escape to a farm in the Lithuanian countryside highlights the constant dangers Jews faced during the Holocaust.
Nuremburg Courtroom

The Nuremburg Trials were the first international trials of major Nazi war criminals. As such, they served as a major source of documents and testimony for early Holocaust scholarship. The Nuremberg Courtroom Exhibit gives visitors the chance to see a full recreation of Room 600 at the Palace of Justice used during the International Military Tribunals, and to experience the gravity of the trials.
In this gallery are plaques representing Jews inducted into the Jewish American Hall of Fame. Mel Wacks, founder, and president of the Jewish American Hall of Fame stresses that each of these Jewish personalities made a lasting contribution to American and world civilization. The plaques honor people in the Jewish community from scientists to philanthropists, entertainers to innovators.