About Free Digital Tours

Who are Digital tours for?

Middle and high school educators can utilize our two most popular museum tours without stepping foot in the museum: Stop the Hate & Lessons of the Holocaust are now online. We’ve created them to fit within the context of an uncertain environment, giving educators total flexibility for how and when you use the material.

What do the tours explore?

Stop the Hate uses museum artifacts to exemplify expressions of racism and antisemitism in history. Students will explore answers to these questions:

  • How are power and influence used to spread hate?
  • What is legalized hate vs individualized hate?
  • Who are upstanders, bystanders, or perpetrators in any situation?
  • Optional: Use your voice to participate in the Stop the Hate essay writing contest!

Lessons of the Holocaust (Coming Soon) uses museum artifacts to explore how the Holocaust stands as a defining moment of the 20th century, arguably the most violent century in history, and what concentration camp survivors have taken away as lessons from their harrowing experiences. Students will consider:

  • How global economic depression, nationalism, and militarism made state-sponsored mass murder possible
  • The tactics and psychology of propaganda
  • The behavior of individuals under extreme conditions
  • The rise of modern antisemitism and history of hatred against Jews
  • Add-on experience for a class: Hear a local Holocaust survivor’s story of survival against all odds with opportunity for Q&A at the end of your online Zoom meeting.

How do Digital tours work?

Students can access tours individually at home or as a group in the classroom. Supporting activities are designed to be self-directed, but can easily shift into small group work or become larger classroom discussions. Use the materials how you want, when you want, with complete flexibility!

Why we love these tours!

Object-based learning uses artifacts to discuss a moment in history. A photograph, a letter, a piece of clothing – these everyday items tell us about what life was like in the past. Using the structure “what we see, what we know, and what we wonder” students are invited to look at an object, learn how it was used during the time when it was created, and consider what that means to us today. We’re studying history while also learning about social responsibility, building empathy for others, and encouraging self-reflection.



The Maltz Museum is supported by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and Ohio Arts Council

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