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Houston's Holocaust Museum prepares for new home

HOUSTON – This weekend, the Holocaust Museum opened its doors to the public -- free of charge.

But on Sunday night, the museum will be closing the doors on the current space as it gets ready for a major expansion.

Hundreds gathered Sunday evening to say goodbye to the Holocaust Museum of Houston, Morgan Family Center. More than 20 holocaust survivors were there, as were the museum's founders, staff and supporters.

“I am so proud of the museum and what it has done and the importance of the museum for our community,” Chaja Verveer said.

In June, the museum announced a dramatic expansion to more than double its size to a total of 57,000-square-feet.

“Now we have arrived at a watershed moment in furthering the museum’s mission with new exhibits and expanded programs,” Verveer said.

Many came together to remember the past as they build a new future.

“I think the message we are giving the community is so relevant and so important, you know, how can you miss that?  We need to get the kids in here or go to the kids and speak wherever we can so the lesson is not forgotten,” Verveer said.

On Monday the museum will begin the move and open to visitors at its temporary location at 9220 Kirby Drive in September. 

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