Museum of Tolerance, the world-renowned museum delves into the dark world of racism and prejudice while highlighting the ... More
Museum of Tolerance
Museum of Tolerance, the world-renowned museum delves into the dark world of racism and prejudice while highlighting the Holocaust as the most extreme example of man's inhumanity to man. Interactive exhibits, two theaters, a research floor and gallery for special exhibitions within the Simon Wisenthal Center are just part of the experience and soul you will find here. Tours are self-guided and typically last two and a half hours. Some exhibits are recommended for those 12 years and above.
This museum is about stopping hate & racism but I got no such feeling after today. I tried to get in under the calworks program with my brother, every other museum in LA let us both in for free. But he didn't have a card b/c he shares it with me so they asked us to pay so we left pout of protest. It was more like an amusement park greed for profits than a helpful educational center. What a waste of time & gas, those are mileage I'll never get back. As we left I saw a banner at the end of Roxbury saying "shame on MOT" I say well said! I'd rate it a ZERO but it's not an option.
This is one of the places I bring out of town visitors, and then I take them to the ocean the next day... First let me dispel some distortions. Security is very tight at this museum; why? Maybe because some very dangerous people would target this museum, such as Buford Furrow. He first 'cased' this museum, decided security was too 'good' and instead unleashed his bullets on a Jewish center filled with children in the Valley, and a man who was murdered because in Buford's world view this postman's racial identity made him expendable. And this museum is called the Museum of Tolerance, and not Holocaust_____ because this museum is dedicated to Simon Wiesenthal, who was motivated by "justice not vengeance" (he achieved renown as pursuer of fugitive Nazis after WWII). He was known for his ecumenical approach to what is commonly referred to as the Holocaust. So for Wiesenthal the proper label for a museum that honors him is Museum of Tolerance. The museum's primary exhibit is definitely on the Holocaust but the bigger lesson is the historical world context in which this happened. So other exhibits that target prejudice, systemic oppression, intolerance, hate speech shed light not only how the Holocaust occurred , but how genocides continues. Although the word 'holocaust' is generally used to describe the specific slaughter of European Jews and those others who were targeted by the Nazis, current usage of the term also encompasses the wholesale genocide of different world populations, such as (but not limited to) the Armenian genocide by the Turkish, the Rwandan genocide, the Aboriginal genocides of native peoples in US or Australia, the Cambodian genocide conducted by the Khmer, and sickeningly on and on through the present. The opportunity to hear the personal stories of survivors is invaluable, enlightening and humbling. I've also listened to the personal story of another kind of survivor, a young man attacked by a homophobic skinhead gang, and the eventual reconciliation(!) of that young man with one of the gang members, who chooses to share his story of redemption at the museum. This museum ain't perfect, but it challenges and illuminates all the deep recesses of our hearts and minds.
We heard a surviors story first hand which was very spell binding. Nothing else was really that interesting unless you enjoy listening to tapes and watching slide shows. Save your money and view the History Channel on the subject.
The Museum strongly recommends advance reservations. Please call 310-772-2505 to reserve your tickets.
Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
*(early close at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays November - March)
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
When planning your visit, please note that each of the three main exhibits takes approximately 1½ hours.
See the Museum Closed dates for 2009 - 2010
Seniors (62+) $12.00
Students with ID & Youth 5-18 (Children under 5 no charge) $11.00
Museum admission includes access to:
Tolerancenter & Holocaust Exhibit (Recommended for 12+ years)
Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves (All ages)
Live Personal Testimonies
Museum Membership Rates
Senior (62+) or Student: $30.00 (with current ID)
Membership includes unlimited visits to the Museum throughout the year and discounts in the Museum shops and on special events.
We went to the museum while on vacation, and feel that it was probably one of the best things we did and saw while in LA. So informative, and heart wrenching at times. Our holocaust survivor was so gracious, and amazing. I wanted to give her a hug. The artifacts make it so real. A must see if in LA.
The presentation is excellent for the material it covers in about a 2-1/2 hour visit. I would be suspicious of anyone's mindset who reviews this experience as poor. It is a great lesson in history, and I highly recommend a visit.
I was very excited to go to this museum and heard a lot about it. However when I went, a lot of it was under construction. The only thing that was open was I think the second or third floor. I did not get the full experience. I do hope to visit it again once more but once its finished renovations.
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