The Museum offers tours to students 5th grade and up. Reservations are required. The tour provides an overview of the history of the Holocaust by closely examining Holocaust era artifacts and museum exhibits.
Students come to the Museum to learn about the events that shaped European and World History between 1933 and 1945. Museum educators and docents stimulate conversations and provide tools for students to approach this sensitive subject and understand its continuing relevance. Visiting the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust informs students about history in the effort to inspire socially and civically responsible choices in their own lives.
Elementary School Tours
5th and 6th grade students learn about Jewish life before the war by touring our World That Was exhibition. Students explore concepts of identity, diversity, and stereotyping. In the Rescue & Resistance gallery, students learn about acts of courage. Students will meet a Holocaust Survivor and listen to his or her testimony. We work with a number of survivors who were children during the war. They all have extensive experience working with younger children.
(Please allow 2 hours; 3 hours if a full tour is requested)
Middle School Tours
7th and 8th grade students participate in a museum tour that focuses on life before the war, Nazi rise to power, life in the ghettos, and rescue and resistance. Students are introduced to concepts of anti-Semitism, propaganda, and Righteous Gentiles. Following the tour, students listen to a Holocaust survivor's personal testimony.
(Please allow 3 hours)
High School Tour
This tour focuses on the main historical events that occurred between 1933 and 1945. Students closely analyze artifacts and documents in the Museum's collection. Students will learn about deportation, life in the camps, acts of resistance, liberation, and life after the war. After the tour, students will participate in an extensive discussion with a survivor.
(Please allow 3 hours)
Home-schooled or Mixed-grade Tour
The same tours offered to public and private schools apply to homeschooled and mixed-grade groups. Please contact Katherine Semel, Director of Student Tours, to plan a program that is appropriate to the ages and knowledge-level of your group.
Please plan on being in the Museum for 2 to 3 hours.
New Thematic Tours:
Children of the Holocaust Tour
(maximum 25 students)
Students learn about life before WWII and about the events leading up to Kristallnacht in 1938. Students are introduced to the story of Suvivors who were children during the Holocaust. At the end of the tour, students participate in a Q&A session with a Child Survivor.
(Please allow 2 hours)
Mir Zaynen Do: We Are Here!
This tour is designed specifically for students at Jewish Day Schools. The tour focuses on Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. Students explore artifacts that exemplify the perseverance of the Jewish people in face of persecution. Whether praying clandestinely, documenting their personal experiences, or taking up arms to fight, Jewish resistance took many forms.
(Please allow 1.5 hours)
For more information, please contact Jordanna Gessler, Director of Educational Programs at 323-651-9910 or Jordanna@lamoth.org