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National Museum of American Jewish History

101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215-923-3811
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Ranked #4 of 289 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The Museum offers tickets for Adults (ages 22-64) $12, Youths (ages 13-21) $11, Children (12-under) free, Active Military (with ID) free, Seniors... more » Owner description: The Museum offers tickets for Adults (ages 22-64) $12, Youths (ages 13-21) $11, Children (12-under) free, Active Military (with ID) free, Seniors (65+) $11. This museum offers dynamic and always intriguing exhibits. The history and evolution of the American Jewish community from colonial times onward is chronicled. « less
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Hamilton, NJ
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283 reviews 283 reviews
75 attraction reviews
319 helpful votes 319 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

It is hard to blame the organizers and curators of the museum in not doing a great job, for a vast amount of Jewish history is not tangible, and with the exception of some familiar Judaica items (Hanukkah lamps, mezuzot, etc.) the core is hard to capture, for the Jewish culture is not material but rather spiritual; something that doesn't... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I was sort of disappointed....it is not a holocaust museum, more a collection of Jewish history since colonial times. I just kept thinking it could have been more, could have stood less behind glass and more up close and more personal. If you're not doing anything else, it's a good stop in a convenient location.

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New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

What a treat it was to visit this museum (and it was free, yesterday, to boot!). We were moved by the displays, learned much we didn't know and stayed for over three hours--quite an achievement as I am a one-hour museum visitor, generally speaking. Do go--you will learn so much about Jewish culture. Thanks to the founders and supporters of... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

It's a great museum; modern and tells a great story. The top floor had a wonderful experience on baseball and the Jews. The rest of the museum presented the context of Jews in American history and did it well and in a semi-interactive manner.

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Somers Point, New Jersey
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21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

They had a wonderful exhibit on Jews in baseball. Yes Virginia there are more Jews than just Sandy Koufax, the greatest left hander of all time. The regular exhibit details the Jews journeys to America, some of their settlements, & accomplishments. The gift shop has a wide array of judica & you can order your ketubah.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

Great museum! I spent 4 hours here and easily could have stayed longer. It is a very thorough chronological portrayal of the contributions and challenges of Jews in America. Many of the exhibits are interactive and "experiential", such as portraying what it was like to pass through Ellis Island. The museum will be of interest to all groups, however, small... More

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new jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

this is a museum that should be visited multiple times ( 3 times for me) as there is so much to absorb and experience. Each time you see something different than the previous visit. This last visit had an excellent history to Jews in Major League baseball.

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st louis,mo
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99 reviews 99 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

this museum is a wonderful review of Jewish history in the united states. You should plan on spending 3-4 hours to see the whole exhibit. The current exhibit on baseball is wonderful.

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

What a treat this museum is from the top floor of special exhibits which were about Jews and baseball to the three floors charting Jews in America to the beautiful lobby showing stories of famous Jews and the lovely gift shop. We had a wonderful guide for over an hour and spent the entire day there. Something I hardly ever... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

The American Jewish Museum has to be one of the most beautiful museums I have ever visited! What a story it tells. Make sure you take advantage of a docent led tour. That tour enhanced our first time visit incredibly. The friendliest museum staff ever! Everyone involved can be so proud of what has been accomplished here!

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