The Jewish Museum New York City
Where is it at?
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York City
Where are we going today?
Widely admired for its exhibitions and collections that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to exploring the intersection of art and Jewish culture from ancient to modern times. The Jewish Museum organizes a diverse schedule of internationally acclaimed and award-winning temporary exhibitions as well as dynamic and engaging programs for families, adults, and school groups. The Museum was established in 1904, when Judge Mayer Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial art objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the core of a museum collection. Today, a collection of 26,000 objects is maintained – paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media.
The collection is among the three largest of its kind in the world and is distinguished by its breadth and quality. It is showcased in the vibrant, two-floor permanent exhibition, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, examining the Jewish experience as it has evolved from antiquity to the present.
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 12
When can we go?
Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues 11 am - 5:45 pm; Thurs 11 am - 8 pm; Fri 11 am - 4 pm
All year round
Visit the Educator Zone on our site..
Children's menu available in Lox at Cafe Weissman..
Doing our bit
In Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces, an engaging and thoroughly interactive experience, children become archaeologists as they search for clues about ancient and modern objects. Visitors can discover what happens after archaeologists unearth artifacts and bring them back to their labs for in-depth analysis. Children ages 3 through 10 magnify, sketch and weigh objects from the past and the present, piece together clay fragments, interpret symbols, and dress in costumes. By examining these artifacts and imagining how people used these objects in their daily lives, children learn how forms have changed and evolved over time, and how these objects relate to their own lives. .
Changing tables in restrooms.
Drop-in arts workshops every Sunday from September to June, 1 to 4 pm, free with Museum admission. Visit our website for information about special family concerts and performances..
What people are saying?
by Laura Hymes
I went to visit the Jewish Museum on the Pay-What-You-Wish Thursday Nights between 5-8pm because I'm a poor college grad starting my life in the city. It's a great program for those who aren't able to pay full admission prices but want to appreciate art! Mel Bochner's "Strong Language" exhibit is a colorful and creative exhibit of how our society uses, represents, depicts language. BIG fan.
by Glenn Krieger
Had a fair time, and went because we felt we had to, being Jewish and near the museum. Some items were incredible and others fairly mundane, but it was great for my kids to see. The docent who gave the tour was just OK. Very nice, but somewhat ill informed on more than a couple of issues. The "kids" section was very small and not appropriate for my 10 year olds and 14 yo. The two special exhibits kept our interest for about 15 minutes. One was called "Primary Structures" and to be honest (coming from a guy who could spend days at MOMA or The Met)...Read More
by Max Thomas
One of my favorite small museums. Their exhibitions always have a fascinating intellectual perspective and are well curated. The house's history makes for an interesting backdrop.
by Jesi Mac Leod
The Jewish museum is free on saturdays (11-5 pm) and they have a great Art Speigelman exhibition (from the little pailfacekids to the Maus to the New Yorker front), int he 1st floor. The Chagall paintings are in the second floor plus a very cool pop modern fashion expo. The short movies in the sounds expo are worth to watch too ( and only 3 min each.
by Doug Anderson
Always great shows........fabulous curatorial program and staff. Yes, there is a great collection of Judaica BUT the shows are generally 20th century.
by Glenn Krieger
Had a fair time, and went because we felt we had to, being Jewish and near the museum. Some items were incredible and others fairly mundane, but it was great for my kids to see. The docent who gave the tour was just OK. Very nice, but somewhat ill informed on more than a couple of issues. The "kids" section was very small and not appropriate for my 10 year olds and 14 yo. The two special exhibits kept our interest for about 15 minutes. One was called "Primary Structures" and to be honest (coming from a guy who could spend days at MOMA or The Met) was a waste of my time. If you're the kind of person who can stare at the famous "Blue Panel" painting at the Met and be entranced, then enjoy Primary Structures. The second exhibit was "Mel Bochner:Strong Language". Again, not my thing at all. A lot of murals with a thesaurus theme and a lot of cursing. Visually interesting, but enough seen if you view 4 or 5 of them.
Again, I felt that my kids needed to go and I'm glad we did, but we won't be back there until maybe next decade.