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Museum of Tolerance: An Education

MOT MOT Photo by Louise Palanker via Flickr

The Museum of Tolerance or MOT is a multimedia museum which scrutinizes racism and prejudice which were great issues in the past and are still being fought by human rights advocates until now. It was opened in 1993 by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which was named after the Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal.

The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles California tells the tale of the dreadful Holocaust during the Second World War in the territories of Germany, which was led by the infamous Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. The “The Holocaust Section” is the most talked-about display of the museum where certain events of the Second World War are shown. Holocaust survivors also testify their experiences to visitors and are willing to answer queries thrown at them.

The “Tolerancenter”, a Multimedia Learning Centre of the museum, also discusses everyday life prejudices. One of its features is the Civil Rights movements during the separation of black people from white people in Major League Baseball. The Center also has an Arts and Lectures Program.

Some of the visitors of the Museum of Tolerance claim that some of the images are disturbing especially to children, but most of them state that the museum is a great help to children of today especially in understanding the extreme results of racism and prejudice. People visiting MOT certainly feel sympathy to those who have died during the Holocaust and most especially, Holocaust survivors have gained respect due to their testimonies about their experiences. The Museum of Tolerance moves people through the facts it shows about the effects of racism and prejudice, how these two things destroyed Jews during the Second World War and most especially, how it can destroy a person.

The Museum of Tolerance educates people on how prejudice and racism or even bullying can destroy a person, entailing respect in every person’s mind.

Information

Hours:
Mon-Fri 10 am - 5 pm (early close at 3 pm on Fridays November - March)
Sunday 11 am - 5 pm and Saturday Closed
Address/Map:  9786 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 553-8403
Website: Plan your visit to Museum of Tolerance
   
Admission:
Adults $15.50 | Seniors (62+) $12.50 | Students with ID & Youth 5-18 $11.50
Free for under 5