National Museum of American Jewish History

Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience

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National Museum of American Jewish History

Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

National Museum of American Jewish History

Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

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Rising five stories above Independence Mall, in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History joins Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell and other landmarks at the hallowed site of America’s birth. There could not be a more fitting place for a museum that explores the promise and challenges of liberty through the lens of the American Jewish experience.

Behind the striking glass façade that looks out across the Mall, the 100,000-square-foot Museum offers three floors of core exhibition space. The core exhibition explores more than 350 years of American Jewish history through the use of evocative objects, telling moments and state-of-the-art interactive technologies. The Museum interprets how Jews shape and are shaped by America, explores the blessings and challenges of freedom and provides opportunities for visitors to contribute their own stories.

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.