55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Features: Guided tours
Admission: $16 adults, $14 seniors, $8 students under 18. Free for military, USF students with ID and children 6 and under.
More in this neighborhood: Downtown St. Petersburg
Remember. Educate. Empower. The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust, the systematic murder of European Jews and others by the Nazis before and during World War II. The focus is on the policies, events and experiences of the period from the end of World War I to the close of the Jewish displaced persons camps in the mid-1950s.
On the first floor is the History, Heritage and Hope Permanent Exhibition, which features historical photographs, text and original artifacts. It emphasizes the personal recollections of local survivors. The second floor features two galleries that house rotating exhibits, with a focus on contemporary artwork about the Holocaust and other genocides, and occasional exhibitions of original artifacts and historical photographs. The third-floor hall and gallery house both rotating and permanent collections, including the Kaddish in Wood, woodcarvings of French children of the Holocaust created by Dr. Herbert Savel.
A major part of the museum's mission is to educate people to recognize the worth of human life. It has assembled educational materials and offers planning sessions for teachers. School tours are encouraged. Exhibits are appropriate for students in the fifth grade or above. In addition, the Ray and Nancy Murray Tolerance Education Center on the third floor contains one of the largest Holocaust and genocide lending libraries in the southeast.
Reservations are required for all school and group visits. All backpacks and parcels must be checked at the entrance. Large-print guides and audio tours are available, and there is wheelchair access. A musuem shop features literature on the Holocaust and other genocides, along with jewelery and Judaica.
In an attempt to assemble as complete a record as possible, the museum continues to solicit original material about the Holocaust, American and world responses, resistance, and rescue, liberation and life after the war.
The museum was formerly called the Tampa Bay Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
Exhibits currently on view: "Hancock Bank Presents Highlights from our Permanent Collection" Rosengarten artifacts, on display through Feb. 28. Also, "Perpetrators: Lithographs by Sid Chafetz," A series of portraits of "ordinary people" who executed Hitler's ghoulish plans. Remains on display through May 24. Also, "The Wall Speaks: Voices of the Unheard," An exhibition by Wojciech Sawa using testimonies, photographs and the stories of Polish victims of the Nazis. Runs through April 26.