Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum


Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum


Completion Date: 2019

Construction Cost: $73.5 million

Project Size: 52,300 SF

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum


Founded in 1984 by a group of Dallas area Holocaust Survivors, the Dallas Holocaust Museum was in a 6,000-square-foot space that no longer met the needs of the museum. Following an extensive search and competition, Omniplan was selected as the architect for a new 55,000-square-foot space in Dallas’ West End Historic District. The renamed Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. The new museum will be able to accommodate more than 200,000 visitors a year.

The three-story building is organized around a memorial courtyard for reflection and gathering. The museum also includes 27 unique exhibits, a 250-seat auditorium for films and events, two 50-seat classrooms, a climate-controlled library and archives, and a memorial and reflection room. Bands of copper surround the exterior of the building that will acquire a patina over time. This represents the strength of those who have weathered the storm by standing up to injustice and inequality throughout history.

The museum was design with the goal of being LEED Certified. With its proximity to the DART light rail and bus lines and utilization of bike racks, the museum encourages the use of alternative transportation. It also features drought-resistant landscaping and the copper used has an infinitely recyclable life making it highly reusable.

Walter P Moore provided civil and traffic engineering services for the new museum and adjacent 126,500-square-foot parking garage.