Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles

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Meaningful engagement with challenging content

The Museum of Tolerance is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and to fostering tolerance through its educational programme.

Richard Houghton has worked with The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles from its original conception in the mid-1980s. Since 2000, HKD has continued to work with them adding new artefact displays, developing new interactives for the Galleries, including a series of upgrades to the Tolerance Workshop exhibition, with the desire to increase dialogue and social interaction between visitors.

The solution was to develop group interactive theatres, beginning with the ‘Point of View Diner’. Using the newest technologies, groups interrogate and are polled on difficult and challenging issues in a safe environment asking individual questions while feeding into a broader discussion.

By combining powerful storytelling and immersive environments with hands on exhibits and group interactives like this, a visit to the Museum of Tolerance equips visitors with tools and information to examine some of the big social challenges of our time.

Project facts:
Client: Simon Wiesenthal Center
Year: 2009
Country: USA
Size: 1,000 m²
Our services: Master planning, interpretation planning, exhibition design, graphic design, script writing, AV storyboards, artist commissions, showcase design and object display, project management and quality control.

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