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National Museum of American Jewish History

Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience

National Museum of American Jewish History

Outside the National Museum of Jewish History at 5th and Market Streets. Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Description

Overview

Rising five stories above Independence Mall, in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History brings to life the 360-year history of Jews in America.

Tracing the stories of how Jewish immigrants became Jewish Americans through the use of evocative objects, telling moments and state-of-the-art interactive technologies, the Museum invites visitors of all backgrounds to share their own stories and reflect on how their histories and identities shape and are shaped by the American experience.

Explore more than 1,200 artifacts and documents as well as 2,500 images taken from the Museum’s own collection, 30 original films and 13 state-of-the-art interactive media displays.

The unique Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame on the ground floor is free and open to the public with historic artifacts on display including Einstein’s pipe, Irving Berlin’s piano and more.

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Richard Avedon: Family Affairs

The National Museum of American Jewish History is the only location in the United States to host the remarkable work of photographer Richard Avedon. The exhibition Family Affairs features more than 70 of the late artist’s portraits and iconic fashion photography on loan from the collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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History

The museum was founded during the wave of museum-building in Philadelphia surrounding the 1976 Bicentennial celebration. The Museum’s collection, numbering only 40 objects in its first year, has grown to more than 20,000 artifacts, some dating back more than 300 years.

Other Information

Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am – 5:30pm

The Museum will be closed to visitors on Mondays (check online for special holiday exceptions), and is closed altogether on Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the first day of Passover.

Tickets:
Adults: $12
Youth (ages 13-21) and Seniors (ages 65+): $11
Children (12 and under) and Active Military (ID required): Free

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