Before they even walk through the door, visitors and tourists are struck by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Roche-Dinkeloo Associates, the architects who shaped the top of the building into a pyramid-like formation, designed the astounding building. The museum opened in 1997 with a mission to educate and preserve the vibrant tapestry of Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust.
The museum presents a wide range of perspectives on their experience through its core exhibition, as well as through its special rotating programs. Most noteworthy among the permanent exhibitions is the sprawling garden, a “living memorial” to victims of the Holocaust. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is nestled in Battery Park City.
One of the main goals of the museum is to educate visitors about the Holocaust and ensure that the public never forgets this tragedy. In an effort to preserve the history, the museum collects survivor testimonies; victims who survived the Holocaust record their experiences and put them on display for visitors to hear. The museum constantly aims to preserve Jewish heritage and culture and promote its understanding.