To promote respect and understanding by teaching the history and lessons of the Holocaust.We do this through:
- Collecting artifacts that tell the individual stories within the larger history of the Holocaust,
- Providing educational programs and activities to students at all grade levels, and
- Presenting general public programs that highlight elements of our collection and stories related to the Holocaust and other genocides.
The unique origin of the Museum was a Naples, Florida middle school classroom exhibit created by students and teachers studying the Holocaust.
In 2001, the exhibit was transformed into a museum and educational center, operating as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. With our focus on education, our programs have reached over 23,000 students in the 2008/2009 school year and the museum hosts more than 5,000 visitors annually.
The Museum houses over 1,000 World War II and Holocaust artifacts and original photographs displayed chronologically from the rise of Nazism to Allied Liberation and the Nuremberg Trials. Many of the artifacts have been donated or permanently loaned by local survivors, liberators and other dedicated people.
Both self-guided and docent-led tours are available to visitors at the museum.
As part of a unique program, the recently acquired Holocaust-era, 10-ton railway boxcar travels to schools to allow participation in our outreach education activities by students, teachers and parents.
Extensive Education Programs
The Museum’s education programs focus on middle and high school students in Southwest Florida and the community at large. Student groups visit the Museum, or attend programs at their schools conducted by our Education Department, often accompanied by Holocaust survivors and liberators telling their personal stories.
The Museum sponsors teacher training, traveling exhibits, film lecture series and cooperative programs with other institutions to reach out to our membership and the community. We also house an extensive Lending Library of Holocaust-related books and films.