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Visiting Info
Opening Hours:

Sunday to Thursday: ‬09:00-17:00

Fridays and Holiday eves: ‬09:00-14:00

Yad Vashem is closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays.

Entrance to the Holocaust History Museum is not permitted for children under the age of 10. Babies in strollers or carriers will not be permitted to enter.

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Chairman of the Second Session -Prof. Yehuda Bauer

Yad Vashem’s mission is to memorialize and research the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its collaborators, and educate about it. That is the purpose of the new museum. Yad Vashem deals not only with the Jewish victims, but also, and in detail, with the perpetrators and the bystanders. Yet our emphasis is on the Jews – they were not just objects of an evil Nazi regime; they were subjects, actors, with a tremendously rich, variegated, often contradictory cultural heritage. We want to know who they were, what they did before they became victims, how they reacted to the unexpected disaster. We do not present a rosy, nostalgic picture; we present the Jewish people as they were, with all the warts, as real people, not only the large group, but also, perhaps mainly, the individuals, their families, and their communities. We do that for two reasons: first, because Yad Vashem is not only an Israeli institution; it represents the Jewish people as a whole in memorializing the Shoah, the most extreme and unprecedented genocide to date. Second, because there are always more victims than perpetrators, and for humanity as such it is crucial to understand how victims of mass murder react.