About the Museum
Mission and History of
We are dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.
In 1984, a group of Holocaust Survivors who had settled in Dallas came together with an extraordinary vision to create a center to educate the Dallas community about the devastating horrors of the Holocaust and provide a place of remembrance for those murdered. As Jewish survivors, they felt it was their responsibility to build a place for future generations of students and adults alike to learn about the dire consequences of antisemitism, prejudice, and hatred.
In 2005, the Museum moved from the basement of the Jewish Community Center to a rented 6,000 square-foot space in Dallas’ historic West End. The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum opened its permanent home in a new 55,000 square-foot building in September 2019. The mission was expanded with a dual focus to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. By sharing the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other human rights violations, the Museum inspires visitors to be Upstanders by confronting hatred and promoting human dignity.