Yad Vashem hours
Sunday to Wednesday: ?09:00-17:00
Fridays and Holiday eves: ?09:00-14:00
Yad Vashem is closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays
* The Holocaust History Museum, Museum of Holocaust Art, Exhibitions Pavilion and Synagogue are open until 20:00. All other sites close at 17:00.
Archives and Library Services
Sunday-Thursday 8:30 - 17:00
(Books and documents can be ordered until 15:00)
Entrance to the museum and all other sites is free and does not require a reservation
Entrance to the Holocaust History Museum is not permitted for children under the age of 10. Babies in strollers or carriers will not be permitted to enter.
Entrance to the Holocaust History Museum is permitted until one hour before closing.
The new museum is the largest Holocaust museum in the world.
Yad Vashem coordinates the following activities:
Documentation: Recording testimonies of survivors. Collecting the names of those who perished during the Holocaust collecting photos, documents and resources regarding the Holocaust.
Research and studies: Conducting research regarding the Holocaust. Encouraging students to research the Holocaust. Publishing research and making it available to the general public.
Education: Operating the International School for Holocaust Studies. Developing study programs for both Israeli and foreign schools in order to teach young students about the Holocaust. Holding exhibitions about the Holocaust. Teaching about the Holocaust to the general public.
Memorial: Preserving the memory and names of those who died during the Holocaust. Holding ceremonies of remembrance.
Even befor World War || ended, it had been felt necessary to set up an institution to commemorate the Martyrs and Heroes. It was a concept that could find appropriate expression only in the sovereign State of Israel.
On August 19, 1953, The Knesseth passed the Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Lat -- Yad Vashem.
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Near Mt. Herzl, on the Mount of Remembrance is the site if Yad Vashem, the monument to six million European Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, was established in 1953 by an act of the Israeli Knesset. Since its inception, Yad Vashem has been entrusted with documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust period, preserving the memory and story of each of the six million victims, and imparting the legacy of the Holocaust for generations to come through its archives, library, school, museums and recognition of the Righteous Among the Nations.
Located on Har Hazikaron, the Mount of Remembrance, in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem is a vast, sprawling complex of tree-studded walkways leading to museums, exhibits, archives, monuments, sculptures, and memorials.
Located in Jerusalem, it consists of a memorial chamber, a historical museum, an art gallery, a Hall of Names, an archive, the "Valley of the Destroyed Communities", a synagogue, and an educational centre. As well, non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust, often at great personal risk, are honoured by Yad Vashem as the "Righteous Among the Nations".
In 1993, the Yad Vashem institute decided to build a larger museum to replace the one built during the 1960s. This was in response to the construction of larger Holocaust museums in Washington D.C. and Europe.
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"And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (a "yad vashem")... that shall not be cut off."
(Isaiah, chapter 56, verse 5)
The Hall of Names containing Pages of Testimony commemorating the millions of Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
Visiting Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem Address
The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Jerusalem 91034 Israel
Central Number - 972-2-6443400
Visitors' Center 972-2-6443802
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Virtual Tour of Yad Vashem's New Holocaust Museum.
Yad Vashem's world famous Holocaust History Museum is a prism-like triangular structure that penetrates the mountain from one side to the other, with both ends dramatically cantilevering into the open air. An experiential dimension was integrated into the museum's design, giving visitors an overall impression of the time, place and atmosphere. Inside the museum, a series of diagonal channels cut in the floor of the walkway (prism) guides the visitor into each of the eight-meter high underground galleries depicting different chapters of the Shoah. The gently sloping floor and narrowing prism enhances the changing narrative, creating the illusion of descending deep into the mountain. Different aspects of the Holocaust are reflected through the use of original artifacts, documentation, testimonies, film, literature, diaries, letters, and works of art.
For more information about the museum, http://www.yadvashem.org
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