Museum of Memory and Tolerance (Memoria y Tolerancia) Location: Mexico City, Mexico
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Located in the heart of Mexico City this beautifully constructed work of architecture was inaugurated in October of 2010, a work of Arditti and RDT Architects. Opened with the idea of building a better future through the education of past events and spreading a sense of tolerance to humanity for a better world.
The museums mission seeks to instill a strong sense of understanding and tolerance to present and new generations through a look back into history and athrocities that have been committed in our past. Offering a look back into various events and creating a moment of introspection, the museum seeks to promote an educational space for all youth to grow with a strong sense of nonviolence, tolerance and an understanding of human rights.
The space highlights important events such as the Holocaust, Rwanda, Guatemala, Cambodia and various parts of Europe as well as a rotation of exhibits of important human rights figures. The museum offers a wide range of educational resources such as workshops, activities, library and a place of open dialogue to spread its mission of instilling a strong sense of tolerance in our future generation.
The Museum of Memory and Tolerance located in Mexico City, integrates the remembrance of genocides provoked by racial discrimination (Memory) and the unforgiving legacy that this leaves us with, and must lead us to, respect of others and coexistence in diversity (Tolerance). This museum provides Mexico a space of study within a democratic and multicultural frame for the development of future generations.
The Museum is constructed using a mixture of reinforced concrete and steel in a seven level structure (three of permanent exhibit + four complimentary). It is set on a continuous colonnade of the Plaza Juarez complex, designed by Legorreta + Legorreta Architects on the site of the former “Hotel Alameda” (which fell during the 1985 earthquake). Arditti + RDT designed the Museum with the rooted belief that the only hope for humanity lies in the education of future generations.