The Holocaust Memorial Center – Farmington Hills, Michigan. Located on Orchard Lake Road, just a short drive from I-696. Admission is $8 if you are not a member.
Here is a great comment by the museums director:
I just want to thank dFUNK and its readers for the attention to the recent graffiti at the Packard plant and the responses to the photos about our center. Yes, the architecture is strident, but the story of this watershed event in human history must be remembered. Genocide continues today and we can see and hear it on the nightly news.
The award winning building houses an unmatched educational opportunity available to all. Please come and visit.
No photography inside the museum, but the idea is for people to go check it out themselves. It is made to be an immersive experience so photography really wouldn’t be properly descriptive.
The exterior of the museum was constructed to both look like a concentration camp, and also be symbolic of the prisoner’s experience. The gray and blue stripes are from the camp uniforms.
The interior of the museum guides you through centuries of information about antisemitism, and then begins to take you step by step through the dark years of the Holocaust.
As you proceed further into the story, lighting and ambiance changes to reflect the intensity of what you are viewing. By the time you get to the Allied liberation films of the camps, you are standing in pitch black surrounded by nothing but the images and people around you.
These types of museums can offer a very difficult experience for a lot of people, the information is very hard to process, and especially when you get so much shown to you at one time. I have the same issues when I go to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. But there are times when this is so necessary, and there is no more appropriate way to deal with these kinds of historical events. So definitely go – but be prepared to experience something. Something pretty damn heavy.
I used to drive by this museum and think that its exterior design was simply too intense, to raw and in your face for street level. You know, save that stuff for inside the museum, do we all really need to live with it every day ? Well after recent experiences I am realizing all too clearly that this building is exactly what it needs to be, and yes…we need to be reminded as often as is necessary.
It is NOT time to “get over it”.
Holocaust Memorial Center
Zekelman Family Campus
28123 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3738
Sunday – Thursday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
(Last admission at 3:30 PM)
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
(Last admission at 1:30 PM)
Closed on Saturday
We are closed on Jewish holidays and most legal holidays.
Docent Guided Public Tours
– Sunday – Friday 1:00 PM
– Last approximately 2 hours