The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio seeks to educate the public about the events and mindset that led to the Holocaust and to foster an awareness of those same dangers that exist today. Although the museum itself opened in May 2000, Holocaust education in the area began much earlier through the vision of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation.

The council helped develop a programme for high schools called the Holocaust History Project, which contained a documentary film, a visit to classrooms from a Holocaust survivor, and educational information for teachers. The programme was offered at no cost to any interested schools.

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Highlights of the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio

Today, the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio houses a permanent opportunity for all to learn how the Nazi party came to power in stages across Europe and the effects of 12 years under their rule, including the construction of concentration camps that resulted in the death of millions of people.

An exhibit highlighting the lives of Holocaust survivors who settled in San Antonio and the American soldiers who helped free them is a must-see. Families can also learn about the American response to the Holocaust and those who risked everything to help save lives.

Good to know when visiting the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio

The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio is open to the public and free, though a small donation of $1 per child and $3 per adult is recommended and appreciated. Visitors partake in self-guided tours, but docents are available from larger groups.

All visitors must check in at the Central Information Desk, and adults over 18 years of age must present a valid photo ID when entering the facility. On-site parking is available and free of charge. The museum is accessible, with an lift located in the main lobby. Further information and interactive resources can be found on the museum's website.

Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio

Location: 12500 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78231, USA

Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 3 pm, Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm (closed on Saturdays)

Phone: +1 210-302-6807