Exhibitions & Collections
Florida Holocaust Museum Exhibitions
The Florida Holocaust Museum features both permanent and temporary exhibitions. On the first floor of the Museum is the History, Heritage and Hope Permanent Exhibition that recounts the history of the Holocaust through historical photographs, text, and original artifacts.
The second floor galleries are home to the Museum's temporary exhibition program. Exhibitions featured in the Janet Kohn and Larry Wasser galleries rotate several times a year. The Museum's focus is exhibitions of contemporary artwork about the Holocaust, other genocides and human rights issues. These galleries may also feature history exhibitions with original artifacts and historical photographs.
Kane's Furniture Hall on the third floor of the Florida Holocaust Museum features both temporary and permanent exhibitions. In the Herbert & Isabel Savel Teaching Gallery of the third floor, the permanent exhibition, Kaddish in Wood, features woodcarvings of French children of the Holocaust created by Dr. Herbert Savel. Temporary exhibitions in Kane's Furniture Hall include small history exhibitions as well as student-created artwork.
Central to the mission of the Florida Holocaust Museum is the program to collect, preserve, and make available to the public the historical record and artistic and interpretation of the Holocaust and other genocides. The Museum collects and maintains the material that supports its efforts in the areas of research, exhibition, education, and commemoration. The focus of the Museum's collecting efforts (and collection) is on the policies, events, and experiences associated with the Holocaust. The Museum’s collecting activity extends backward to the end of the World War I and forward to the close of the Jewish displaced persons (DP) camps in the mid-1950s. These chronological boundaries can be further extended by collecting materials related to Holocaust and crimes against humanity war crimes trials; testimonies about the Holocaust and its aftermath; materials regarding restitution efforts; contemporary documentation concerning Holocaust deniers; other known and documented instances of genocide; the civil rights struggle in the United States and elsewhere; current examples of discrimination; and by accepting other materials in order to preserve the integrity of personal collections when they are offered for donation. It is also a major focus of the Museum to acquire art that relates to the Holocaust, genocide and appropriate areas of the human condition.
In order to continue to document the Holocaust accurately, authentically, and powerfully, the Florida Holocaust Museum continues to seek original material about the Holocaust, the American and world responses, armed and spiritual resistance and rescue, liberation, and the reestablishment of life after the Holocaust.
The Museum is imploring survivors and subsequent generations of the Tampa Bay community to share their stories. We are looking for original documents (such as identity cards, work permits, ration cards, passports, immigration certificates, ship tickets, postcards), letters, diaries, original works of art and music, photographs, clothing, religious materials, yizkor books, personal artifacts, toys, historic film footage, home movies, and other artifacts that were kept with you, created, and/or used throughout the time period surrounding the Holocaust. Your stories are very important to us.
As an American Association of Museums accredited institution, the Museum assumes full responsibility for its long term care and storage and commits itself to making this material accessible to curators, scholars and researchers, in perpetuity.