The Florida Holocaust Museum offers free admission on September 24 as part of
St. Petersburg’s Arts Alive! Free Museum Day and Smithsonian Day Live!
September 22, 2016 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 24 as part of St. Petersburg’s Arts Alive! Free Museum Day and Smithsonian magazine’s twelfth annual Museum Day Live! The FHM just announced the start of their 25th Anniversary year and was recently chosen by USA TODAY as the #1 museum to visit in St. Petersburg – Clearwater out of a top 10 list of museums.
The FHM will be open Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All of the Museum’s exhibitions will be open for viewing, including the permanent exhibition History, Heritage and Hope, and two new exhibitions Reflections on Man’s Fate: Artwork by Judith Weinshall Liberman and Women of Ravensbrück: Portraits of Courage.
Reflections on Man’s Fate is an exhibition of paintings and textile works by artist Judith Weinshall Liberman. Drawn from works from the Museum’s permanent collection, the show includes wall hangings and works on canvas from the artist’s Holocaust Paintings, Holocaust Wall Hangings, Skull Series and Genocide Series. Her work focuses on the present state of mankind as well as the relentlessness and enormity of history’s darkest period.
“Right now at the Museum, visitors have the opportunity to explore the lessons of the Holocaust from the unique viewpoint of women artists, women Survivors and women upstanders. Judith Liberman’s paintings and textile works present one artist’s attempt to grapple with different aspects of the Holocaust narrative while also allowing the artist to ask personal questions about her beliefs and opinions,” said Erin Blankenship, The Florida Holocaust Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions and Collections.
Women of Ravensbrück: Portraits of Courage is an exhibition by artist Julia Terwilliger. Ravensbrück, the Nazi’s major concentration camp for women, brought fear and terror to its imprisoned, tortured victims. Subject to unspeakable horrors, few survived. The faces of these triumphant women have been immortalized in one of the newest exhibits of Holocaust art to emerge today. What makes the collection significant is its focal point on women and their experiences during the Holocaust. The exhibit centers around seven large, wooden panels with mixed media and photo transfer images of Ravensbrück women, young and old, survivors and those who did not live.
For the past 25 years, The Museum’s focus has been to tell the story of millions who suffered or died during the Holocaust through the personal testimonies, official documentation, photographs and artifacts of individual narratives. As we continue to hear news stories regarding the hatred and intolerance throughout our nation and the world, The FHM’s commitment to preventing future genocides by teaching the lessons of the past through testimonies, artifacts, and lessons of the past is more important than ever.
The Florida Holocaust Museum features permanent exhibitions of one-of-a-kind artifacts from the Holocaust and traveling exhibitions of art and history. Its educational programs and resources for students and teachers are used throughout the state of Florida and beyond. The FHM is one of only three Holocaust museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and uses the lessons of the past to help create a better future for all.
The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.