The Florida Holocaust Museum to Close through 2024 for Construction

[St. Petersburg, FL – July 11, 2024] Starting July 22nd, The Florida Holocaust Museum will temporarily close through the end of 2024 as part of the first phase of its transformative renovation and expansion project.

Once complete, the expanded gallery will include space for the Danish rescue boat, Thor, which will arrive at the Museum this Fall, and will accommodate even more of the Museum’s 22,000 artifacts.

With a focus on a more visitor-centered experience, the updated Museum will include a new entrance with enhanced security features, an open-air second-story balcony, and a temporary installation housing elements of the Elie Wiesel collection. The full Elie Wiesel exhibit will come in a later phase of the Museum’s building projects.

“The Museum may be closing temporarily, but that won’t stop us from continuing to deliver our mission to the world,” said Interim CEO and Chair Emeritus, Michael Igel. “As disturbing antisemitism continues to plague our communities, on behalf of all Holocaust victims and Survivors, we can’t afford to pause our work in confronting this plague with passion and education. We will be out in the community more than ever, helping people of all ages benefit from the lessons of the Holocaust. Thank you to all the members, donors, and elected officials who make all of this possible.”

During the closure, the Museum will continue to serve as a resource for the community. Its virtual library and educator resources will continue to be available at, and Teaching Trunks will continue to be deployed at schools across the country. The Museum will also host docent-led virtual tours and self-led virtual tours throughout the closure, and the Speakers Bureau will remain open.

During the closure, the Museum encourages all visitors and supporters to continue to check and its social media channels for re-opening updates, an upcoming calendar of external events, and to access our collection of online resources.

The Museum plans to reopen in early 2025. For questions on the closure or media inquiries, please contact


About The Florida Holocaust Museum

One of the largest Holocaust Museums in the country, one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, and the future home of Elie Wiesel’s personal collection, The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of men, women, and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit