National Museum of American Jewish History

Philadelphia, PA

Where are we going?

National Museum of American Jewish History
55 North 5th Street


What is there to do?

Located on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, the National Museum for American Jewish History offers a fascinating and enriching look into the history of Jews in the USA.

All of the exhibits within the museum preserve, explore and celebrate this deep and rich history, and it's a great to connect Jews more closely to their heritage. It is also a way to inspire those who visit, no matter their background, a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience, as well as the freedoms to which American aspire.

The Core Exhibition spans three and a half floors where you will encounter people, ideas, episodes and experiences that highlight the story of the American Jews, right back to the mid-1600s. 

Kids can learn all about how it would have felt to arrive by boat to the USA back in the 17th century. A time when the streets were barely paved, and you are surrounded by languages you have never heard before. 

Exhibits recount stories of how the Jews who migrated to the USA became today's Jewish Americans, and the challenges and blessings that were faced. How would you have mustered up the courage to start a new life?

Kids can even be inspired by the Hall of Fame, where the achievements of notable figures such as Steven Spielberg, Albert Einstein, Estee Lauder and Leonard Bernstein are told. 

A trip to the National Museum for American Jewish History is a fascinating museum experience for the family, where history can be uncovered first hand, offering kids an appreciation for the incredibly rewarding multi-cultural nation the America has become today!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $15

Children: $13 (Ages 13 to 21 or college ID)

Discount: Senior discounts, and free for active military with ID, as well as members

Free Under: 12 years


Need a little extra help?

The main entrance on Market Street and all public areas within the Museum are wheelchair-accessible, and all floors are reachable by elevator. A number of standard (manual-push) wheelchairs are available at the Admissions Desk free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis


When can we go?

10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday, then 10am - 5:30pm weekends

Closed Mondays, including most Federal holidays. Check online for specifics


Any top tips?

Free public "Highlights" tours (~60 minutes) are usually offered daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm. Availability is subject to change, so please check at the Admissions Desk on the day of your visit for confirmed times. They operate on a first come, first served basis

I’m Hungry!

The Museum Store has a snack bar with cozy seating, which offers coffee and tea, cold beverages, and small, kosher, packaged goods (granola bars, candy, yogurt, etc.).There are also abundant dining options are available in the immediate neighborhood. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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