The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center is an invaluable resource for educators throughout the Midwest. Each year, over 22,000 students from middle schools, high schools, and colleges visit the Museum to learn the history and lessons of the Holocaust. In addition, the HMLC has an extensive collection of videos that are available to teachers at no charge.
If you are a teacher who is interested in bringing a student group to the Museum, please review the following information about class visits and resources for studying the Holocaust.
Group tours of the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center are generally scheduled weekdays in the morning at 9:30 a.m. and afternoons between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. We recommend that tours be scheduled at least two months in advance. Fill out our online form or call our office at 314-442-3711, and press 1 to leave all information regarding your tour. We will send you a confirmation notice for your tour.
Please specify the number of visitors anticipated in your group when you make your reservation. This number should not be increased after it is confirmed as we schedule our docents four weeks in advance and it is difficult to accommodate last minute changes. If less than the number of people specified in the registration form will be coming, we would appreciate being notified at least one week in advance.
Number of Visitors per Tour
In order for the learning experience to have a maximum impact, we recommend that the number of scheduled visitors per tour not exceed 60 people.
Maria Szapszewicz, a Holocaust survivor, shares her experiences with students while leading them on a tour of the museum
Length of Tour & Punctuality
All tours must begin on time. Please plan your schedule accordingly, and be prepared to arrive 10 minutes before your tour begins. For groups of more than 20 people, docents will divide the group and take visitors through the exhibits at 15-20 minute intervals. The tour lasts a minimum of an hour. A survivor testimony also takes a minimum of 45 minutes following the tours. Larger groups will need to plan for extra time in order for everyone to have a chance to go through the exhibit, and to accommodate a speaker if one is scheduled.
It is understood that proper behavior be observed in accordance with the subject of the museum. Teachers and adult chaperons are responsible for supervising student behavior.
If you are scheduling a Holocaust survivor as a speaker, students should be forewarned that the survivors are not native English speakers. Despite this, they all express themselves well and make a tremendous impact on their audiences. These speakers are sharing traumatic personal experiences, and should be afforded the greatest attention and respect.
We have a variety of resources available to educate you on the Holocaust. The Holocaust Center bookstore carries a selection of reading and other related materials. Purchases from the bookstore also help support the Holocaust Center.
If you’re an educator, we have several specifically-tailored resources to meet your educational needs.
Docents and speakers are all volunteers. Feel free to send follow-up letters thanking docents and speakers for the time they spent with a group. Please send these to the Center, and we will forward them to the docents and speakers.
Parking is available for private cars in our parking lot at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building. School buses should be prepared to drop students off in front of our building and then park at the JCC outdoor pool parking lot across the street.
Directions to Center
The Center is located in the Creve Coeur area, at 12 Millstone Campus Drive, which is one block west of Lindbergh Blvd. off Schuetz Road. Schuetz Road is between Page Blvd. and Olive Blvd.
Education Trunk Program
Through the generosity of the the Staenberg Family Foundation the HMLC is able to provide Education Trunks to teachers for use in their classrooms. Each trunk contains educational materials, books, maps and videos that will help enhance an educator’s curriculum used to teach the Holocaust. Trunk Coordinator Lolle Boettcher can be reached at (314) 800-8780 to borrow the trunks free of charge.