Group Visits and Tours
The Breman provides field trips and group tours that are guided by Volunteer Museum Educators and that may include eyewitness Holocaust survivor testimony. To support educators, The Breman provides pre-tour packets to help prepare tour participants for the experience of visiting the museum.
For information on hours the museum is open, museum admission charges, museum location, phone number, directions and parking, please see the Visitor Information page.
Volunteer Museum Educator-guided tours and self-guided tours and are available during museum hours. Please check the museum calendar before requesting a tour!
For more information or to schedule a tour by phone, call 678-222-3700.
Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years
What You Can Find at The Breman Museum
The Breman houses two core galleries, a special exhibitions gallery, archives, a center for Holocaust education, and a library.
Two Core Galleries
The Breman’s signature exhibitions project an extraordinarily vivid quality through the voices and remembrances of Atlantans who explain seminal moments in the Jewish experience as local history. The Heritage Gallery is the home for Creating Community: The Jews of Atlanta from 1845 to the Present, which tells the story of Atlanta Jews building and experiencing community. From immigrants and shopkeepers to politicians and religious leaders, Jews became part of the fabric of life in Atlanta. Two videos detail the impact of the Leo Frank trial and the Temple bombing on the Atlanta community in the twentieth century.
The Holocaust Gallery houses Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years, which documents the Holocaust through historical photographs, personal memorabilia, videotaped personal testimonies, and family pictures. Designed by Ben Hirsch, local architect and child survivor, the gallery’s architecture embodies the unfolding persecution of Jews in Europe. The Legacy Project provides patrons with an interactive multi-media web project with individual stations for experiencing streamed video, histories, and photographs narrating the history of Holocaust survivors and their efforts to make new lives in Atlanta. About 100 interviews with Atlanta survivors, from those rescued as children to those liberated from concentration camps, have been videotaped through the project.
Special Exhibitions Gallery
Marlene J. and William A. Schwartz Special Exhibitions Gallery
This gallery houses a changing schedule of local, national and international exhibitions on a variety of subjects that portray Jewish culture and heritage. The Breman both originates shows, such as the popular traveling exhibition Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures, and provides Atlanta-based showings of acclaimed collections.
The Ida Pearle and Joseph Cuba Community Archives and Genealogy Center
The Breman’s archives collects individual and family papers, business and organizational records, and oral histories, in addition to holding an extensive visual arts collection. Since 1985, more than 1,000 manuscripts, 10,000 photographs and numerous objects have been collected, preserved and archived. These materials are available to serious researchers and scholars. Repository holdings also are used to support the museum’s exhibitions. The archive collaborates with the Atlanta History Center and the over 80 Jewish archives throughout the country. Recent researchers have included CNN reporters, researchers from The History Channel and researchers from theatres producing Alfred Uhry’s plays.
Center for Holocaust Education
The Lillian and A. J. Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education
The center offers a broad range of age-appropriate educational programming pertaining to Holocaust studies and Atlanta’s Jewish history. The Weinberg Center offers a school program guide for teachers, in-school programs with speakers, and yearly summer courses for which teachers may earn staff development credits from the State of Georgia. On-site museum educators provide guided tours of the Holocaust Gallery and assistance in pre- and post-visit activities.
The library is a collection of resource material that supports archival and genealogical research as well as a circulating collection of material that expands the museum’s educational programming. Library users include museum staff, researchers, teachers and students. Topics researched over the past year include Jews in the South, Leo Frank and the African-American community, Spanish heritage in Georgia, and individual family histories. Researchers include authors, playwrights, students and journalists from around the world.
Silverman's Cigar Store in Little Five Points, 1985, in Creating Community: The Jews of Atlanta from 1845 to the Present.