The museum continues to remain closed under Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Executive Order. We have been meeting with the museums in Richmond and are planning a series of openings in July, and will announce a concrete date soon.

Following guidelines set forth by medical professionals and Governor Ralph Northam, the Virginia Holocaust Museum will require masks for entry to the museum. We are also asking guests to register to enter the museum, which can be done online.

As a safety precaution, we will limit the number of guests in the museum at one time. And, once in the museum, please practice safe social distancing. Signs and floormats have been placed throughout the museum to remind our guests of spacing.


We have applied for and received a PPP loan from BB&T. Our accounting staff will monitor the use of funds very carefully to comply with federal grant guidelines and the dollars must be used in the next two months. We continue to move forward with our Master Plan Committee as well as our capitol projects.

We are also making changes to our Professional Development programs for educators as well as the Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute. Both of these programs will be hosted online this summer to better accommodate our teachers.

  • Facing History and Ourselves Professional Development will go live Zoom on May 27.  Teacher sign ups have been robust.
  • The TEI class, June 22 – July 3, will also be conducted on Zoom and is also taking reservations now.
  • These are pilot programs for the Museum to reach teachers from across Virginia and beyond. With the class solely online, we hope to accommodate many more teachers.

For those of you who have helped us in the past by paying for memberships or sponsoring teachers in the TEI program, please do so again. There could be no better time to help than during this crisis.

Thank you for all you continue to do as supporters of the museum. Stay safe and healthy!

We continue to honor the recent passing of two Holocaust survivors, Alan Zimm and Helen Zimm. Please use the following links to learn more about their live and legacy.

VPM: Alan Zimm

VPM: Alan Zimm’s Legacy

Alan Zimm’s Obituary

WRIC: Alan Zimm

Alan Zimm in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Listen to Alan Zimm’s Oral History

Helen Zimm’s Obituary

Listen to Helen Zimm’s Oral History

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