The Dallas Holocaust Museum today revealed more details on its plans to build a new facility in the West End, quadrupling its exhibition space and expanding its focus to include human rights struggles from around the world.
That reveal, not coincidentally, coincides with the announcement of a fundraising campaign for the 50,000-square-foot museum, which will be renamed the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. The museum is now about $18 million short of its $61 million construction budget, according to a press release.
The new facility, which will be built across from the Sixth Floor Museum near Houston Street and the DART light rail tracks on Pacific Avenue in what is now a parking lot, should be a significant upgrade from its current digs nearby.
“We have run out of space in our tiny current rented facility,” Museum President and CEO Mary Pat Higgins says in the release. “We are limited in the number of visitors we can see at one time, and many schools and thousands of students are not able to visit as their class sizes are too large for our current museum. We have been forced to move many of our events to other venues.”
Per the press release:
The new museum will be unique among the nation’s 21 Holocaust-related museums. In addition to a clear focus on the Holocaust, it will feature new exhibit galleries on human rights and American ideals. It will also feature modern, immersive and interactive content and technology along with an original boxcar used by the Nazis during the Holocaust to transport Jews and others. It will include a 250-seat theater, new classrooms, an expanded library and archive, modern technology throughout, additional staffing, and a special reflection and memorial area for visitors.
The museum hopes to have construction finished in about two years.
For more information, go here, and check out some new and old renderings of the planned museum in this photo gallery: