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Indiana's Only Holocaust Museum

In 1995, Eva Mozes Kor opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, with a mission to prevent prejudice and hatred through education about the Holocaust. Thousands of people, including many school groups, have visited CANDLES since it opened. In 2003, the museum was destroyed by a hate-filled arsonist. Eva vowed to rebuild, and with the help of a generous public outpouring of support, the museum was rebuilt and reopened in 2005. CANDLES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Since we host many student groups, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center is going to extend our closure to align with the schools and tentatively reopen on May 5th, 2020. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to hosting visitors as soon as it is safe to do so. Sincerely, CANDLES Board and Staff.

As the world continues to transition to a virtual lifestyle to keep people safe and healthy, CANDLES has created a variety of virtual events we would like to share with you. 
We hope that you, and your families, are able to join us. First, we would like to highlight our Dimensions in Testimony Theater. There are twelve survivors that have recorded their stories in such a way that the audience can ask questions from digital images of the survivor. It is amazing how life-like the digital image is. During this first week, I will ask questions from one survivor to highlight his or her story. But next week, hope that you will ask your own questions. Please send them to us through email or social media. Next, we will do a live reading of a short book that either highlights the Holocaust or one of Eva’s life lessons and follow it up with a few questions to consider.  Finally, the museum will highlight one component of the Holocaust and its history. On Saturday, each of these daily pieces will be shared as a recap available until the end of the day Sunday. We will do the same the following week with new content and sharing stories of new survivors. 

This is a particularly hard time for all museums due to closure and no visitors, so if you enjoy the content we share, we welcome you to donate $5, which would have been our normal admission fee. However, if you cannot donate, please enjoy the content we provide at no cost. You can click here to donate. If you have any other suggestions or particular things you would like to see from the museum during this time, please feel free to email me at Otherwise, we look forward to “seeing” you.

Visitor Appreciation Days at CANDLES

To honor our visitors, CANDLES is offering free admission to the museum on the following dates:
Saturday, July 11th, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The museum is open from 10:00am - 4:00pm Eastern time.
Please call 812.234.7881 or email for more information.

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