As concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, in the interest of preventing community spread, The Florida Holocaust Museum is temporarily closed to the public. We look forward to announcing the reopening of the Museum and rescheduling our programming.
Why is The Florida Holocaust Museum temporarily closing?
- As always, the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff are the single most important consideration for The Florida Holocaust Museum and it is our duty to protect them as best we can. This decision has been carefully considered, and is in line with how museums across the country are handling this public health crisis. We have launched this webpage, which will be updated frequently to communicate the latest in regards to The FHM’s operations and our upcoming programming schedule.
Are your events still happening?
- All of The FHM’s upcoming programs scheduled through April 4th have been postponed. As of now, events scheduled after April 4th will be held according to plan. This, however, is a rapidly-evolving situation that we will continue to monitor.
What educational resources do you have available for virtual learning?
- The FHM is excited to announce the launch of our new interactive weekly educational series! This series runs on The FHM’s official Facebook page facebook.com/TheFHM at 1:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. This is an interactive series and we are encouraging the community to engage with us online and send us questions.
- Every Tuesday is “Testimony Tuesday” at 1:00 p.m. and we will share a video testimony from a Holocaust Survivor or a Second Generation Survivor. From 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., the Holocaust Survivor or Second Generation will be readily available to answer questions submitted through The FHM’s Facebook page and to interact with the community in real time.
- Every Wednesday is “Artifact Wednesday” at 1:00 p.m. and we will highlight a different artifact from the Museum’s collection. From 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., The FHM’s Curator or Exhibitions and Collections or The FHM’s Registrar and Exhibitions Manager will be readily available to answer questions submitted through The FHM’s Facebook page and to interact with the community in real time.
- Every Thursday is “Lesson Thursday” at 1:00 p.m. and we will post a video from the Museum’s Education team, with various lessons and educational themes, including resources and topics that can be used in a virtual classroom. From 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., a Museum Educator will be readily available to answer questions submitted through The FHM’s Facebook page and to interact with the community in real time.
How is The Florida Holocaust Museum continuing facilities maintenance during this closure?
- Although we are temporarily closed to the public, the Museum’s artifacts and building are being maintained and kept secure. Operational and security staff are remaining on site, and Museum staff will be working and checking their emails.
Will The Florida Holocaust Museum be extending Memberships during this time?
- The FHM values its members and all memberships will be extended for the duration of the closing.
How can we stay engaged with The Florida Holocaust Museum during this temporary closure?
- During the closure, please stay engaged with us on our social media pages Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Additionally, our website includes online curriculum, collections, Holocaust Survivor testimonies, and more.
Who is helping guide the museum with business decisions at this time?
- All of these practices and our business decisions are informed by guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and local government and public health agencies. The museum will stay apprised of the CDC’s evolving recommendations for avoidance and containment of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our community have always been our top priority, and this is a rapidly-evolving situation that we will continue to monitor.
Please continue to visit our website TheFHM.org for updates. Stay healthy and safe, and we hope to see you at The Florida Holocaust Museum soon.