July 27 – Holocaust Memorial Center Re-Opens to Public

July 27 – Holocaust Memorial Center Re-Opens to Public

Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman

Family Campus has announced it will re-open on Monday, July 20 for members only. The museum will open to the general public on Monday, July 27. The announcement was made by Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld, CEO, Holocaust Memorial Center.

Closed since mid-March due to the Governor’s executive order, the Holocaust Memorial Center is ready to safely welcome back guests and staff. HMC will re-open with the following safety protocols and guidelines, all in compliance with CDC and local health department guidelines.

Until further notice, the museum’s hours will be Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. For the first hour of each day, 10:00 am -11:00 am, admission is reserved for seniors and those who are immune compromised.

The number of guests will be limited, and the museum is encouraging pre-purchasing of timed tickets prior to each visit. Tickets are available at holocaustcenter.org or by calling 248-553-2400. There will be no docent-led public tours or Holocaust survivor speakers at this time.

Face masks are required for all guests over the age of three to wear inside the building. There will be masks available for purchase, if needed. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the museum and heightened cleaning protocols, which include increased disinfection of rest rooms and high touch surfaces such as hand railings and door handles have been established. Floor markers are placed to encourage social distancing and plexiglass dividers have been installed at the service desk.

“The health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority,” said Holocaust Memorial Center CEO Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld. “We will be maintaining a strict cleaning regiment and requiring all in our museum to wear masks and practice social distancing. We look forward to welcoming our members and guests back and continuing our mission to engage, educate and empower people of all backgrounds through teaching about the senseless murder of millions during the Holocaust. Each one of us must respect and stand up for the rights of others if we are to prevent future genocide and hate crimes.”

Additionally, the museum’s latest special exhibit, Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann, will remain on display at the Holocaust Memorial Center through October 2020. The multimedia exhibit reveals the secret history behind the capture, extradition and trial of one of the world’s most notorious escaped war criminals. Eichmann, the head of the Nazis’ homicidal “Jewish Department,” managed the transport of millions of innocent people to death camps. He vanished after World War II. Photographs, film and recently declassified spy artifacts reveal the dramatic history behind the daring abduction and globally broadcast trial of a principal perpetrator of The Final Solution, Nazi Germany’s plan for the mass murder of Europe’s Jews.

About the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus

The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus is a 55,000 square foot museum and Library Archive in Farmington Hills that teaches about the senseless murder of millions and why each of us must respect and stand up for the rights of others if we are to prevent future genocide and hate crimes. 

The lessons of history are used to create a call to action, teaching visitors through the examples of those who risked their lives to save others, and asking our guests to react to contemporary challenges such as racism and prejudice. Exhibits include artifacts such as an authentic WWII-era boxcar, text panels, photos, video testimonies, films, paintings, sculpture, and a sapling from the tree located outside Anne Frank’s hiding place window that is described in her diary.  Located on the second floor above the museum, the Library Archive is an important resource for academics, the media and families researching their heritage. Please call to speak to a librarian.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. For the first hour of each day, 10:00am -11:00 am, admission is reserved for seniors and those who are immune compromised. The last admission is one hour before closing. Wheelchair accessible. Free parking. For additional information, visit www.holocaustcenter.org or call 248-553-2400.

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