Virginia Holocaust Museum

The Virginia Holocaust Museum was founded in 1997 by Mark Fetter, Al Rosenbaum and one of Richmond’s youngest Holocaust survivors, Jay Ipson, in an effort to preserve and educate people on the atrocities of the Holocaust of World War II. The museum had a singular mission: “Teaching Tolerance Through Education.”

The museum was originally located in several unoccupied rooms of Temple Beth El. The museum flourished and quickly outgrew its limited space. In 2000, the Virginia State Legislature donated an old tobacco warehouse in historic Shockoe Bottom as a new home for the museum. The site was dedicated during Yom Ha'Shoah v'Ha'Gvruah (Day of Remembrance and Heroism) in April 2003.

Today, the Virginia Holocaust Museum features 28 exhibits including “The Ipson Saga,” which documents the escape and liberation of former museum director and founder Jay M. Ipson and his family from pre-war Lithuania.

  • No admission fee
  • Walk-in visitors choose between audio tours and guidebook tours
  • Museum provides a guide to groups of 10 or more, but reservations are required
  • Free parking on site


Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


2000 East Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia 23223
(804) 257-5400

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