Alana Seggman: The Museum of Tolerance

My 8-week internship at the Museum of Tolerance consisted primarily of independent training, volunteer training, and working on a few special projects. The independent training entailed analyzing, reviewing, and discussing the exhibitions and specific sections of the exhibitions. The volunteer training entailed attending workshops and lectures in addition to watching Moriah films and reading selected books. Once I finished the independent training, however, I was certified to give public orientations (a brief ten minute introduction to the museum) to visitors that were not scheduled for tours. Once I was certified to provide visitors with orientations on the museum level, I became an exhibition assistant and was stationed at areas around the museum to assist visitors. Special projects I was assigned to included: administrative work for the museum’s Tools for Tolerance program, editing and consolidating Holocaust survivor questionnaires, assisting with social media development, and helping to organize data bases for public and private school outreach in California.
Perhaps the most transformational experience in the museum was receiving the opportunity to listen to Holocaust survivors speak. I listened to numerous stories, each with great variation, yet I still was not able to hear stories from every survivor that volunteers there. Not only was this experience transformative with respect to myself, but it also highlights a non-traditional strategy in which the museum can propagate their mission and promote tolerance, respect, and social justice. 
The “Confronting Hate Wall” highlights hate crimes that occur throughout the U.S. and is regularly updated. The interactive computers in front of the wall allow visitors to explore hate websites across the globe among other digital hate compnents.

The Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves exhibition was sponsored by Oprah and is targeted to children in second through fifth grade and focuses on cultural diversity and family stories. Just another way to promote tolerance and respect!

Another interactive exhibition, the We The People Wall allows visitors to explore cultural diversity, violence and hatred within that diversity, and how the United States promotes tolerance to mend the violence, usually in the form of laws.

Artifacts from the Holocaust. Included in this display case are: prisoner uniforms, experiment tools used by Dr. Josef Mengele, utensils, barbed wire, Zyklon-B pesticide used in the gas chambers, and braids of hair that were cut off of women and children during the selection process.

Architecture inspired by the Guggenheim.

The newest exhibition From Dark To Light: Artist Dean Simon creates compositions using graphite pencil to focus on influential figures during times of hardship. Among these figures include: Simon Weisenthal, Anne Frank, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama.

The interns at week 5