It’s last call to experience Holocaust Museum Houston as it is, before it closes for expansion July 24 and relocates until 2019. This weekend’s “Celebration of Hope” is a one-day open house, part of a free admission weekend, with live music, food trucks, poetry readings (from Writers Resist: Houston), art demonstrations, interactive murals, and kids’ butterfly art activities and face painting. All of the exhibits will be open, guided docent-led tours are scheduled throughout the afternoon, local organizations will be on hand (like the ACLU, Center for the Healing of Racism and Asia Society), and special conversations with Houston-area Holocaust survivors (at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) are not to be missed.
Join HMH for a “Celebration of Hope” Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The family-friendly affair is part of the free admission weekend before the museum closes July 24 and relocates during its recently announced $33.8 million expansion. Activities include live music, food trucks, poetry readings by Writers Resist: Houston, kids’ butterfly art activities and face painting, interactive murals centered around hope, and live demonstrations by art students from Harmony Schools and Via Colori chalk artists Team RussKell. Special booths by HMH partners Barnes & Noble, Houston Japanese American Citizen League, Equality Texas, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for the Healing of Racism, and Asia Society will provide information and fun activities for all ages. Guided docent tours are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., along with special appearances and conversations with Houston-area Holocaust survivors at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Admission to the museum is waived both Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, allowing visitors one last viewing of HMH’s “Bearing Witness” permanent exhibition, along with the WWII German railcar, Danish rescue boat, memorial room and galleries. Featured exhibitions include a poetry display by Houston-area students on understanding the Holocaust, and “Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto” on view in the Mincberg Gallery. “Vedem,” a multi-media art exhibition created by Rina Taraseiskey, Michael Murphy and Danny King, deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys who created the longest running magazine in any Nazi camp.
Last month, HMH announced a dramatic expansion to more than double its size to a total of 57,000 square feet and make HMH the fourth-largest Holocaust museum in the country. Construction will require HMH to temporarily relocate most of its permanent exhibit, classrooms and administrative offices to 9220 Kirby Drive, Suite 100. The Museum will close on Monday, July 24 to begin the move and open to visitors at its temporary location on Tuesday, Sept. 5.