Museum of Tolerance (MOTNY)
The MOTNY, located in the heart of Manhattan in New York City, challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. Through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, individuals explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace, in schools and in the community.
The Museum of Tolerance New York (MOTNY) is part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The MOTNY is a multimedia educational museum located on East 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan. We provide group tours that focus on the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America, international human rights and the history of the Holocaust, through unique interactive educational exhibits. Main themes include the power of words and images, bullying, personal responsibility, and social action.
Additionally, the MOTNY is a professional development multi-media training facility targeting educators, law enforcement officials, and state/local government practitioners. Modeled after the successful Tools for Tolerance® Program at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the MOTNY provides participants with intense educational and experiential training programs and welcomes school field trips and group tours. Over 10,000 adults and young people have been trained in the Museum’s customized, professional development programs.
The Museum of Tolerance School Field Trips
Grades (7 – 12)
The Museum of Tolerance, New York (MOTNY) has various programs to engage middle and high school students in an important dialogue about issues facing society today – challenging students’ preconceptions and prejudices and inspiring them to impact their world.
The MOTNY is part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The MOTNY is a multimedia training and educational museum located on East 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan. Through unique interactive exhibits, we provide group tours that focus on the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America, international human rights and bullying prevention.
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Current Exhibits Available at the MOTNY
Power of Words
The Power of Words exhibit features a film that demonstrates how modern-day figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt used their words to instill hope while others like Hitler, Stalin and Osama Bin Laden and other extremists used the same power to spread lies and incite hatred.
Hall of Memory
The Hall of Memory includes a Holocaust documentary produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and a thought provoking film, In Our Time, which presents examples of genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries, such as Darfur and Cambodia, and reflects upon the lessons of history for today.
Based on ongoing Simon Wiesenthal Center research and investigation of hate on the internet, Globalhate.com is equipped with touch screen computer terminals that unmask the dangerous proliferation of hate on the internet and introduce questions for critical thinking in a media saturated society.
The Millennium Machine offers a media presentation that focuses on pressing human rights issues such as the plight of refugees and political prisoners, the exploitation of women and children, and the threats of domestic and international terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Participants in this immersive theatre experience will test their knowledge of the subject matter via automated response technology and are challenged to discuss solutions to these complex, global problems.
Point of View Diner
The Point of View Diner is a modern cyber-café that screens a variety of scenarios portraying situations of escalating conflict in a contemporary American context. Through the use of cutting edge technology, group members have the opportunity to individually ‘interview’ the main characters in each video scenario and then register their personal opinions on the issues raised. The results of the anonymous vote are instantly tabulated, providing a springboard for dialogue on violence prevention, conflict resolution and personal responsibility. Video scenarios included the Freedom of Speech, Teen Bullying, and Domestic Violence.
Tools for Tolerance® for Teens
Trained facilitators utilize the unique MOTNY environment and customized classroom work to challenge students to assume greater personal responsibility in recognizing and challenging forms of discrimination.
In addition, main areas of focus are bullying prevention and leadership skills. This five-hour program encourages young people to think critically about the words and images in their own lives and how to use them to create positive change.
The cost for a Tools for Tolerance® for Teens Program is $100 per participant (minimum 15 visitors) and includes lunch and materials.
Dr. Natasha Poor
Manager of Education and Public Outreach
Museum of Tolerance New York
Phone: 212.697.1180 x104
Educating Hearts and Minds
The Museum supports active participation and discovery. In order to maximize the learning experience for your students, we strongly encourage preparation and discussion prior to your visit. Following your visit, a debrief will enable students to connect the Museum experience to the realities of their everyday world.
To support teachers in their efforts to customize learning experiences for their students, we offer special youth programs and events year-round, the resources of our award-winning library and archives, and special speakers that you can invite to your school or community.
Lessons and activities to bridge the educational experience in the MOT with learning in the classroom and beyond. The lessons support California content standards.
Oral testimonies of members of the Japanese American 522nd Field Artillery Battalion in the US Army on the liberation of Dachau concentration camp.
Information to assist teachers in teaching about the Holocaust including helpful tips, 36 questions, and reference materials.
The stories of children caught up in the Holocaust from the MOT’s photo passport cards at the Holocaust exhibit.
|The MOTNY invites school and youth groups to participate in specialized tours to learn from the past, engage in the present, and assume responsibility for the future. These educational tours run for approximately two hours and are led by a trained docent. Advance reservations are required.Exhibits are appropriate for ages 12 years and above.
Please email or call the Museum of Tolerance New York directly at 212-697-1180 ext. 104