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National Museum of American Jewish History

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Address: 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215-923-3811
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Description: The Museum offers tickets for Adults (ages 22-64) $12, Youths (ages 13-21...
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.
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This musem is a wonderful way to learn how Jews migrated to America and their impact on American culture. As an American Jew, I have visited this museum 3 times and always find... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This musem is a wonderful way to learn how Jews migrated to America and their impact on American culture. As an American Jew, I have visited this museum 3 times and always find it lacking. I have gone for the first time with a friend who is not well versed in the history of Jews in American and he found... More 

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Matthews, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We were there during the off peak tourist season, so we were free to spend uninterrupted time reading all of the displays and viewing all of the videos. We spent a full day in the museum and we had lunch at its café. This is a wonderful site to add to ones education about the roll of our Jewish citizens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This extremely well laid out, flowing museum caused us to cancel the rest of our plans for the afternoon. We were enthralled by the span of American history it displayed, interweaving the immigrant Jewish experience in each century. Knowledgeable docents were at various points along the pathways to enrich our understanding of the events displayed. The child-friendly interactive displays beckoned... More 

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Florida
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a solid museum, and I learned some new things. However, much is redundant if you already know a lot about the general immigrant experience in the United States. I would have liked more information about what made the Jewish experience so unique. I would also have liked a bit more "back story" about the situations they fled in... More 

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Miami, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Interesting and informative museum whether you are Jewish or not. It chronicles the arrival of the first Jewish arrivals to America in 1654 and the outstanding contributions that Jewish individuals have made to America since that time. I learned that the principle of "Religious Freedom" that America was founded on did not always apply to "non-Christians". I especially enjoyed the... More 

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Durham, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is a definite must in Philadelphia! Go see the Independence Hall stuff as that is part of American history, but to get a great perspective on how much Jews in this country have contributed to the United States, go visit the National Museum of American Jewish History. This excellent museum will show how much of American history and culture... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

Ive visited this museum many times. It is never very crowded. Its worth checking out. The facility is modern. Exhibits are well organized chronologically. Every ethnic and religious group has a unique and compelling origin story about its American experience. This museum looks at the history of American jews. Museums are difficult to rate. If you have zero interest in... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Really excellent but I could have spent more time there and I was there nearly 3 hours. Allot enough time and you will be astounded at what you learn. The films on the 3rd floor are a must

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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112 reviews 112 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

What a great job they did telling the story. It starts on the 4th floor back in the 1800s and brings you down to the 2nd floor to more modern times. I am not Jewish and was amazed at the history and impact they have had on America. We took a docent tour and I would recommend that, the issues... More 

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new hope, pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

very informative about Jews in America. Also had wonderful film shorts of famous actors who were Jewish. A beautiful Museum. Made me proud to be a Jew.

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