Holocaust Museum Houston announced Dec. 18 it will reopen June 22 at 5401 Caroline St. after a $34 million expansion to the museum, according to a news release. The expansion more than doubles the original campus, which will total 57,000 square feet at its June opening.
This expansion makes Holocaust Museum Houston the nation’s fourth-largest Holocaust museum, according to the December release. Additionally, the museum will become the first fully bilingual Holocaust museum in the U.S. in both English and Spanish. The museum will debut a new bilingual website leading up to its opening.
“This expansion marks the most ambitious undertaking in our 23-year history,” museum CEO Kelly Nuniga said in a statement. “With the rise in anti-Semitism, hate crimes and threats to human rights within our own country, our role in education and outreach is more important than ever before.”
The renovated three-story museum campus will feature a welcome center, four permanent galleries and two changing exhibition galleries, classrooms, a research library, cafe, a 200-seat indoor theater and a 175-seat outdoor amphitheater, according to the release.
Permanent exhibits will include rare artifacts, a human rights gallery featuring educational displays, an interactive media display and the world’s largest gallery of artwork by Holocaust child survivor and painter Samuel Bak, according to the release. Changing exhibits include touring exhibitions from Israel, China, Canada and South Africa through 2021.
Renovations began in October 2017, causing the museum to relocate temporarily to 9220 Kirby Drive, Ste. 100, Houston. The temporary site will close May 16, according to the release.
Holocaust Museum Houston welcomes 160,000 visitors on average each year, which includes more than 43,000 secondary school students, according to the release. Due to the museum expansion Holocaust Museum Houston anticipates a 50 percent increase in student attendance in the first year and a 35 percent increase in overall attendance.
Visit more information about the museum at www.hmh.org.