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National Museum of American Jewish History

Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience

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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.

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 was founded during the wave of museum-building in Philadelphia surrounding the 1976 Bicentennial celebration.

The collection started with only 40 objects in its first year and has since grown to include more than 20,000 artifacts, some dating back more than 300 years.

 

The Experience

Check out Albert Einstein’s pipe, Irving Berlin’s piano, Steven Spielberg’s first camera and more.

The National Museum of American Jewish History’s 100,000-square-foot, five-story building allows visitors 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.

Don’t Miss

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, Steven Spielberg’s first camera and more.

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