Carmichael 1 Ceci Carmichael Professor Miller SOC 244 1 May 2018 The Museum of Tolerance Introduction: I visited the Museum of Tolerance in downtown Los Angeles on April 22. Before going, I researched this institution a little bit. This museum is focused on educating the public about the Holocaust and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today. There are five main exhibits that someone can go to: The Holocaust, Tolerancenter, Finding our Families, Finding Ourselves, Para Todos Los Ninos, and Anne (Anne was in a separate building and had its own fee). The Museum of Tolerance had opened in February 1993 and made an impact on the world, even receiving the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations. Over 250,000 people visit annually, making it one of the most popular museums in California. THESIS . Describe the Institution: The museum was very easy to find. To get there, I drove and parked in their underground parking lot. It was free to park, which was nice. It cost $11.50 with my student discount to get into the museum. To get into the Anne exhibit, it is $12.50. The museum is open Sunday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. As far as I know, everything is only offered in English. I didn’t see any other languages that guests could use. When I was there, there were a lot of
Carmichael 2 families and older people who were there. In the late 1980’s, Simon Wiesenthal Center leadership, the building that the museum is in, stared to discuss how to promote tolerance and understand to the public. They decided to create this museum after a troubling discovery that the new generation started to question if the Holocaust even happened. Their main mission was to help prevent hatred and genocide from occurring in the future. The Museum of Tolerance opened to the public in February 1993, instantly receiving acclaim from national and international leaders. Newspapers around the world described the museum as extraordinary. The Museum of Tolerance has five main exhibits. The Holocaust includes many scenes, including an outdoor café, a recreated gas chamber, and Simon Wiesenthal’s office. There were many different documents and artifacts to view, like a letter signed and dated by Adolf Hitler and different uniforms that those who were sent to Auschwitz were forced to wear. The Tolerancenter is an interactive exhibit that focuses on major intolerance issues around the world. There’s a ‘Point of View’ diner that serves controversial topics. You can put in your opinions and are able to see what other people think. There is a Millennium Machine that helps educates people about serious human rights violations like terrorism and exploitation of women and children in various parts of the world. There are many projecting videos on the walls
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