About Virginia Holocaust Musem
On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the nation reflects on the horrors of the Holocaust when the Nazi regime systematically murdered 6 million Jews and millions of other innocents, including Roma, Sinti, Slavs, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, political dissidents, and many others.
At VHM we honor the memories of the victims everyday - we embrace and celebrate the survivors - and we commit to keeping alive the promise of “never again.”
Your tour begins outside in front of our building with a German Güterwagen - authentic “goods wagon,” or freight car, just like those used by the Third Reich to transport millions to their death.
As you walk to the front door, notice the shattered glass - a nod to Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), which foreshadowed the fate of German Jews. Look down at the granite cobblestones lining the walkway, originally from Poland's infamous Warsaw Ghetto, and also notice the steel rails that led directly to the Treblinka extermination camp.
Once inside the museum, follow the train tracks painted on the floor, through our core exhibits which narrate the complex and sobering history of the Holocaust. And meet the Ipson family, who lived through the horrors of the Holocaust, survived, and eventually relocated to Richmond, Virginia, where they restarted their lives and thrived.
Other Museum Highlights Include:
- New Children's Memorial - a unique exhibit honoring the memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.
- Nuremberg Court Room - a scaled replica of the Palace of Justice courtroom where the Nuremberg Trials where held.
- The Weinstein Gallery - housing our traveling exhibits which are refreshed several times per year.
- The Jewish American Hall of Fame - where one can learn about over 50 Jewish American men and women who have made important contributions to their fields.
- Choral Synagogue Auditorium - a beautiful replica of the Kovno synagogue dedicated in 1871.
- The Alexander Lebenstein Survivor's Room - a quiet space where photographs of Jewish men and women who survived the Holocaust and made their homes in Virginia line the walls.
- Barbara and Fred Kort Holocaust Resource Center - a quiet space where one can review our archival collections.
- Carole M. Weinstein - our visitors library.
- The Patricia C. Sporn Museum Shop - offering a wide selection of books and DVDs about the Holocaust and other genocides in order to encourage visitors to expand their knowledge about these atrocities, their victims and their survivors.
- The Tower of Remembrance, displaying photos of Jews who died during the Holocaust – relatives of Virginia Holocaust survivors.