Core Museum ExhibitsNuremberg Exhibit

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.


Children’s Memorial

 
The unique Children’s Memorial, an exhibit honoring the memory of the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust, opened in 2022. It is a significant addition to the Virginia Holocaust Museum’s permanent collection.

Using mirrors and somber lighting for dramatic effect, the Children’s Memorial creates a stunning visual of an infinite panorama of empty classroom desks representing the unfathomable number of children and their unborn descendants who were victims of the Nazi’s Final Solution to exterminate Jews from Europe.

The exhibit was made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Donald S. and Beejay Brown.


Featured Visiting Exhibit: There's Just Us

Alec R. Hosterman, Ph.D.
July 18 – December 30, 2022
 
August 11 and 12, 2022, marks the five-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally that shook the quiet, central Virginia city of Charlottesville. The Virginia Holocaust Museum is honored and privileged to exhibit There’s Just Us, a photo series by Alec R. Hosterman who was there to document the protests over that weekend.

There’s Just Us represents the struggle Hosterman saw when communities fight hate and bigotry; of the collective voices that were brave enough to stand up against all odds. It aims to remind us that we are never alone in the struggle for diversity and inclusion. Together, we can remember those voices who were silenced all too soon and make this world a better place to live.


Auschwitz/Oswiecim

 

Auschwitz/Oswiecim is a traveling exhibit created by the Virginia Holocaust Museum to commemorate local survivors who endured this notorious camp.

Located on our second floor, illustrates the significance of Auschwitz within Nazi ideology: the three camps that made up the Auschwitz complex represent Nazi policy in a microcosm.

As World War II ground on and the Holocaust proceeded relentlessly, Auschwitz came to serve the SS as the centralized hub, and the experimental crossroads for each phase and virtually every aspect of the Holocaust. In each of the three main Auschwitz camps virtually every inhumanity inflicted by the SS upon its victims was introduced, refined, and expanded into a lethal calculus that transformed Auschwitz into the single most important site of the European Nazi Holocaust. In its most expanded form, at some point in 1944, the inmate population in the three main camps combined exceeded 200,000, making Auschwitz into a Nazi city of suffering, and a place where, along with the crammed death traps that were the ghettos in Warsaw and Lodz, the Holocaust exacted its greatest toll.


Jewish-American Hall of Fame

 
The Virginia Holocaust Museum is proud to be the permanent home of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame exhibit. Over 50 Jewish American men and women ― who have made important contributions in all fields of endeavor ― have been inducted since 1969.

The large artistic plaques have been created by outstanding sculptors, many of whom have won the American Numismatic Society’s J. Sanford Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal and/or the American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture.

As people gaze on the portraits of Albert Einstein, George Gershwin, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Joseph Pulitzer, Dr. Jonas Salk, et al, it is hoped that visitors will reflect on what contributions to humanity might have been made by the six million Jews (and their descendants) whose lives were viciously taken in the Holocaust.

Jewish-American Hall of Fame Presentation

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