“the only museum of its kind in the world”
MOT stands for Museum of Tolerance, the only museum of its kind in the world. It is the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an internationally renowned human rights organization dedicated to promoting respect and mutual understanding, through education, community partnerships , and civic engagement. Established in 1993, the MOT has welcomed over five million visitors, mostly middle and high school students. Visitors become witnesses to history and explore the dynamics of bigotry and discrimination that are still embedded in society today. Through interactive exhibits, special events, and customized programs for youths and adults, the Museum engages visitors’ hearts and minds, while challenging them to assume personal responsibility for positive change.
Visiting the Museum of Tolerance is an incredibly emotional experience. I was a little worried about taking my children here due to the content and brutal nature of this period in history. However, we approached it as, "This is something terrible that happened in history. You are going to learn about some inhumane things that were done to people. We want you to grow up understanding that there is no place for hatred and bigotry in this world, because this is what can happen..." Both of my kids (who were 10 and 13 at the time of our visit) were both engaged, understood and asked insightful questions and handled the material well as presented. We were fortunate enough to be there when a Holocaust survivor was speaking and it was one of the most powerful things that I have ever experienced. Additionally, we visited the Anne Frank exhibit and it didn't disappoint.
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Museum of Tolerance
- Sun - Wed, Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Thu: 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
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