The new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum opened the doors to its new facility after 20 years in the making.
The new building is 10 times larger than the previous. The main exhibition level has three wings devoted to each of three human-rights sagas: the Nazi Holocaust; other genocides around the world; and the United States’ collisions between land-of-the-free ideals.
Councilman Adam McGough attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
“I was moved by the stories and the men and women who lined the stage, having survived such horrific events in our history. I am thankful for the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will travel the city, state and globe to see this place and the memory and honor it will forever give to the millions of lives lost,” McGough says in a Facebook post.
President and CEO of the museum is a Lake Highlands resident, Mary Pat Higgins. She told NBC the museum has a goal of 100,000 6th through 12th grade students visitors. Scholarships will be provided to school districts to make that happen.
“This will be a huge priority for us moving forward,” Higgins told CBS. “We know if we can reach youth when they’re shaping their opinions, and they’re figuring out what they believe in, that we can make a difference.”