Plans are underway to give the Dallas Holocaust Museum a new home. Museum officials say they have purchased two parcels of land near the West End, not far from the museum’s current home at 211 Record St. The museum will be built on one site, between Pacific and Ross Aves, and Houston and Lamar Sts. The land was purchased last year. The other site nearby will be used for parking. It was purchased in 2005.
The Berenbaum Group has completed an initial stage of exhibition design. (Michael Berenbaum formerly worked with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.) The plan is to design exhibition space first, and then the building around it. Omni Plan developed conceptual designs for the building.
The project doesn’t yet have a budget or timeline, and museum staff have only had initial conversations with potential funders.
The museum will continue to focus on preserving evidence of, and educating about, the Holocaust. And it will also tackle topics such as contemporary genocide, Civil Rights, and current events. “Given all that is happening in the world today, and the constant and destructive force of hatred and prejudice, we are more convinced than ever that North Texas needs this museum,” according to a statement from the museum.