History, Hope, and Healing: The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Rich in history, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is a vital center for the community, an important anchor for education, and also a wonderful example of architecture complimenting both the space it inhabits and the historical significance it should support.


The History: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, originally called Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance “opened in the tiny basement of the Dallas Jewish Community Center in North Dallas. It outgrew its space almost immediately. And while it moved to Record Street downtown in 2005, it still didn’t have the room to match the ambitions of its founders …A huge fundraising campaign was initiated that has far surpassed the original goal, making $84 million available for the opening of this remarkable structure.” – dmagazine.com

In September of 2019, the new 55,000-square-foot building officially opened in the downtown historic West End district standing three storeys high.

“The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum’s permanent exhibition [opened to cover] events that changed our world, in a voice that is intimate and personal. The exhibition highlights the role of world leaders, and also the men and women who found the strength to endure the unimaginable and accomplish the extraordinary.  – dhhrm.org


The Artistry:

“Texas architecture firm Omniplan…topped the Holocaust museum in Dallas with a copper crown to represent ‘the strength of those who have stood up to injustice’.

Omniplan created the building in a U-shape around an outdoor courtyard.  The firm, which is based in the city, used dark iron spot bricks to form the majority of its 52,300-square-foot (4,859-square-metre) museum, while the upper floors are clad with a golden-red crown made from copper panels.

‘The dark brick is used to foreshadow the solemn content the viewer is about to experience,’ said Omniplan, which was founded in 1956 by George Harrell and E G Hamilton.

The museum’s mission is to promote human rights and teach the Holocaust, in which six million Jews and five million other people lost their lives.

‘While no building can ever represent the inhumane injustices that occurred during the Holocaust, it can certainly be a vessel for the meaningful presentation of the repercussions, human experiences and realities thereof to ultimately influence impactful societal change,’ said Omniplan.” – dezeen.com


The Architecture:

“With its exterior clad in copper, which will acquire a natural patina over time, the DHHRM will become an architectural legacy distinct and impactful. The Museum was designed with the goal of being a LEED Certified…The design of the building seeks to limit the amount of direct sun light on the large expanses of glass. The wings of U-shaped parti shields the large curtain wall opening to the courtyard from the sun while the west wing overhangs the entry curtain wall limiting the effects of the western sun exposure.

The project focuses on water efficiency with drought-resistant and regionally appropriate landscaping, as well as high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. Additionally, the exterior and interior materials lean into the idea of material reuse and recycled content. The prominent use of copper as both an interior and exterior material has a high recycled content. Copper has an infinitely recyclable life making it highly reusable for future generations.” – archdaily.com


Visit the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum:


“The Museum is Open to the Public. Click here for more information on our new safety guidelines.

To reserve tickets to the new state-of-the-art Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, select a date and time. Admission is $16 for adults and $12 for students. Admission for Seniors (55+), educators, members of the military, and first responders is $14 with accepted identification. Our special exhibition is included in admission.” – dhhrm.com

Group Tours:

Reservations available for groups 15+ and scheduled 2 weeks in advance HERE.

Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

300 N. Houston
Dallas, Texas 75202
Museum entrance is on Houston Street.


Learn more at: https://www.dhhrm.org/

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