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Mobile Museum of Tolerance

The Mobile Museum of Tolerance, an educational initiative aimed at spreading the message of human rights through lessons from historical figures, will be visiting Dominican University's campus this month.

Created by the Simon Wisenthal Center, a Jewish global human rights organization that works to combat hate, anti-Semitism, racism and terrorism, the museum will be on campus Jan. 31 through Feb. 1. It will be parked in the west lot between Parmer Hall and the soccer field and open to drop-in visits from students, faculty and staff from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

Each hour, the museum will feature exhibits highlighting the global impacts of “pioneers of tolerance,” such as Martin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and others, said Estevan Montaño, university librarian.

The visit is sponsored by Rebecca Crown Library, the Center for Cultural Liberation and the Center of Teaching and Learning Excellence.

The hope, said Montaño, is that the museum will raise awareness of the work that champions for tolerance have performed and will inspire others to continue this critical work within their own communities and lives.

“The museum is a perfect fit to Dominican's mission of creating a more humane and compassionate world,” Montaño said. “The exhibits will not just showcase how champions have worked to create a more compassionate world, but the museum will have a curator to facilitate activities for students that focus on tolerance, equity and compassion.”

Based in Illinois, the Mobile Museum of Tolerance was launched in February 2021 and has visited nearly 100 locations, including schools, libraries, community centers and police departments.

For more information on the museum and the Wisenthal Center, visit