Teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred, and violence.
We do this through:
- Displaying artifacts and photographs which tell the individual stories within the larger history of the Holocaust;
- Providing Educational programs and activities to students at all grade levels;
- Presenting general public programs and exhibits 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 called “Out of the Ashes.” The motto of the project was “Tell your children to tell their children and their children another generation. We will never forget!” The students knew the important lessons of the Holocaust must always be shared.
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 reach over 15,000 students each year and the Museum hosts more than 5,000 visitors annually. The Golden Gate teachers and students would be so proud of the impact “Out of the Ashes” has had!
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.
Daily Docent-led tours of the Museum are available to visitors at no extra charge. Self-guided tours, via a free app for mobile devices or using a Museum tablet are also offered.
The Boxcar Exhibit, a unique traveling display, has visited over 75 locations in SWFL. It is a key part of the Museum’s Education Outreach programs to students, teachers and the public. The 10-ton railway boxcar has been seen by more than 90,000 people at schools, universities, public libraries, local airports, churches and synagogues. The Boxcar is on loan to the Museum from Jack and F.E. Nortman and The Boxcar Foundation. Built in 1919, the boxcar was in the German railway system during World War II and is of the type used to carry prisoners, troops and supplies.
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’s community outreach also sponsors teacher training, traveling exhibits, film lecture series and cooperative programs with other institutions. The Museum’s extensive Lending Library of Holocaust-related books and films is available to Museum members.