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The Museum of Tolerance in West L.A. is really two incredible museums in one. Your tour starts in the Holocaust Section, where a sound and light guided 70 minute dramatic presentation takes you through the events of Nazi-dominated Europe during WWII. In the beginning, you pick up a card with a picture and bio of an actual Jewish child who was alive at the time of the war. Next, you watch a short video and then travel in a small group from exhibit to exhibit as a narrator explains the events unfolding.
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The presentation is very moving, and I couldn't help but tear up. The most memorable part for me was seeing actual video footage of the Nazis and the Jewish people during WWII. I had read about the Holocaust in text books and had seen photographs of it, but this was the first time I saw actual video footage of it, and it was heart wrenching.
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After finishing the Holocaust Section, you get to explore the Tolerancenter, which confronts issues of bigotry and discrimination in the world today. There are a lot of interesting hands on exhibits here, like the Point of View Diner:
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Tips for your visit:
- Museum admission is $15.50 for adults, with a discount for seniors and students
- It is closed on Saturdays
- There is an underground garage that is free to park in.
- Security is tight. Be aware that your car trunk will be inspected before you enter the garage. In the lobby, your purse or bags must go through an X-ray machine and you must walk through a metal detector.
- Be sure to check out the Hear a Holocaust Survivor lectures, which are free to museum visitors. The talks are 1 hour and are offered every day. Call the museum for times. I didn't get to do this because we came too late, and it's something I definitely want to go back for.
- Also check out the lectures in which you can Hear a Perpetrator and Victim Share Their Story and Hear a Former White Supremacist. These talks are also free to museum visitors. Click on the links for dates and times.
- Photography is not allowed in the museum