America’s original Holocaust museum has a new permanent home in Los Angeles that looks like it was beamed into existence from the future. In keeping with the theme, visitors are each assigned a personal iPod Touch to enhance their exploration of the building’s mysterious innards.
The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) was the first Holocaust museum in the country, founded in 1961 by survivors learning English at Hollywood High School. They began assembling a collection of personal photos and items and that collection grew into the country’s first Holocaust museum. Today, the last living founder of LAMOTH celebrates the grand opening of its new home designed by architect Hagy Belzberg.
... Visitors will be issued an iPod Touch at the door, even those on docent-guided tours. According to the Jewish Journal, unlike the Museum of Tolerance, “where every visitor experiences the museum in largely the same sequence, visitors to the new Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will be able to choose their own paths through the exhibits ... nearly every photograph, artifact or replica on display is labeled with a number that must be dialed into the museum’s iPod to access audio explanations of its significance.”