The unique origin of the Museum was a Naples, Florida middle school classroom exhibit created by students and teachers studying the Holocaust.
In 2001, the exhibit was transformed into a museum and educational center, operating as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. With our focus on education, our programs have reached over 23,000 students in the 2008/2009 school year and the museum hosts more than 5,000 visitors annually. The Museum houses over 1,000 World War II and Holocaust artifacts and original photographs displayed chronologically from the rise of Nazism to Allied Liberation and the Nuremberg Trials. Many of the artifacts have been donated or permanently loaned by local survivors, liberators and other dedicated people. The Museum’s education programs focus on middle and high school students in Southwest Florida and the community at large. Student groups visit the Museum, or attend programs at their schools conducted by our Education Department, often accompanied by Holocaust survivors and liberators telling their personal stories.