Announcing our name: the Melbourne Holocaust Museum 

Melbourne Holocaust Museum reflects our shared identity 

We are pleased to introduce ourselves as the Melbourne Holocaust Museum. From late April 2022, we will transition to the Melbourne Holocaust Museum from our current name, the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

This move reflects on our past, present and future self. Melbourne Holocaust Museum encapsulates what we do. It underpins our promise to educate far and wide about the events of the Holocaust, commemorate the victims and honour survivors to inspire a better future. 

Learn more about our name below: 

We house Melbourne survivor stories and want our city – their home and ours – in our name

Students studying an artefact at Melbourne Holocaust Museum

The Melbourne Holocaust Museum has been driven by Melbourne survivors and supported by local volunteers, donors, staff and community from our earliest days. Thousands of students and other visitors have encountered Melbourne Holocaust survivors and their testimonies. Our museum, situated in Melbourne, is pivotal in creating a culture against antisemitism, racism, and prejudice at a local level.  

We are calling ourselves a museum because we are a museum. 

Students listening to survivor Abram Goldberg OAM.

Over the years, our museum has developed its museum activities to become Australia’s largest institution dedicated to Holocaust education, research and remembrance.

Behind the scenes, our museum researches, collects and preserves experiences of the Holocaust. Front and centre, exhibitions, public engagement, and education programs provide a hub for the community to learn about the Holocaust – while also keeping space for Holocaust survivors and their descendants to share their voices. 

A name to honour our community’s voice 

Since Holocaust survivors founded our museum in 1984, we have been known by several names. Throughout the decades, however, our community has referred to us as the ‘Holocaust museum.’ 

Melbourne Holocaust Museum builds on the legacy of Holocaust survivors, creating a space where we would forever hear their stories.

Opening of our museum in 1984

Our name enhances our museum’s ambitions 

We began our major redevelopment almost three years ago to ensure our future carried the voices of Holocaust survivors into the decades to come.

The Melbourne Holocaust Museum, due to open later this year, includes three museum exhibition spaces, as well as learning, memorial and research facilities. 

Our initiative to build a world-class museum continues our strong local and international reputation – and the Melbourne Holocaust Museum cements ourselves as a must-see museum and education experience. 

When will we start seeing our name? 

From late April, the Melbourne Holocaust Museum will roll out across our website, social media and other community channels with a refined look, including an updated logo, that encapsulates our values and mission. 

Your support is taking us into our next chapter

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For more information on our major redevelopment, please visit: