Violins of Hope

Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Royall Orientation Hall

Violins of Hope is a touring exhibition dedicated to initiating deeper, more meaningful conversations about tolerance and social justice while educating people about the horrors of the Holocaust. This is the first time that the exhibit has been in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.  As a part of this effort, the VMHC is displaying seven violins from a collection of more than 60 that survived the Holocaust and have been restored by violin maker Amnon Weinstein and his son, Avshalom, in Tel Aviv since the end of World War II. An Israeli violin shop owner and master craftsman, Amnon lost 400 family members in the Holocaust and became determined to reclaim his lost heritage by locating and restoring violins played by Jewish musicians during this period. He calls these instruments the Violins of Hope.

A sepia photo of a man standing and playing a violin and a woman seated and playing a piano

Of the seven violins on display at the VMHC, one violin survived the horrors of Dachau and Auschwitz; another is dedicated to a brother and sister who played concerts in the ghetto of Vilna; and a third recalls the powerful attraction of a klezmer band to a young boy who escaped Eastern Europe and would later open a violin shop in Israel.

Each violin has its own story of resilience and survival. Together they remind us that no matter how diverse we may be, we share the desire to live with dignity, to be treated fairly and kindly, and to express ourselves freely.

Companion exhibitions featuring violins from the Violins of Hope collection will be on display at the Virginia Holocaust Museum and the Black History Museum & Culture Center of Virginia

  • The exhibitions are free, but there is a suggested donation of $6 per person at the first exhibition location visited. Reserve a timed ticket to visit the VMHC. And remember, VMHC members always receive free admission to the VMHC. (Not a member yet? Join today!)
  • Each museum will have violin lapel pins that visitors will receive upon their first visit and should wear at visits to the additional exhibitions at participating locations to indicate that a donation has already been made.

Featured programming includes concerts and educational events that showcase the violins in both museum galleries and intimate events across the city of Richmond and beyond. 

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Violins of Hope is presented by Dominion Energy, Windsor Foundation, and Weinstein Properties.