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National Museum of American Jewish History

Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience

National Museum of American Jewish History

The National Museum of Jewish History is located in Philadelphia's Historic District at 5th and Market streets. Credit: G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia



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.

Through the use of evocative objects, telling moments and state-of-the-art interactive technologies, the museum traces the stories of how Jewish immigrants became Jewish Americans and invites visitors of all backgrounds to share their own stories, too.

The museum’s 100,000-square-foot, five-story building allows you to 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. Historic artifacts on display including Einstein’s pipe, Irving Berlin’s piano, Stephen Spielberg’s first camera and more.

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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.

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