Museum Celebrates History of Jews in America

Published: November 22nd 2010
in Culture » Art

The National Museum of Jewish American History

The National Museum of Jewish American History is housed in one of the most historic cities in the United States: Philadelphia. The museum rises five stories above Independence mall, which is located near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. 


The museum was established back in 1976, but it just recently inaugurated a multi-level building atop Independence Mall, in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district. 


Last week’s opening gala attracted a number of stars, including Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand. 


Offering numerous floors of exhibition space, the National Museum of Jewish American History uses objects and interactive technology to explore more than 350 years of American Jewish history.


Aside from exhibition space, the museum also features a theatre, a resource centre, a cafe and a number of classrooms. 


The museum was designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, an established architectural firm responsible for the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and Washington’s Newseum (an interactive museum of news).


Core exhibitions include Foundations of Freedom (1654 – 1880), Dreams of Freedom (1880 – 1945) and Choices and Challenges of Freedom (1945 – Today).


A number of professors are working as part of the museum’s team of historians, including Jonathan Sarna (Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University), Beth Wenger (University of Pennsylvania) and Michael Berenbaum of the American Jewish University.


For more information call (215) 923-3811 or visit

Related articles: (National Museum of Jewish American History, museum, Jewish history, Bette Midler, Jerry Seinfeld)

Share with friends Print this page Read later Recommend 1 times