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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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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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The ladies who new about the exhibits were extremely friendly. They did want to help you find things. Go here if you want any help from the employees. These museums are really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Palamos, Spain
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Albania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Nicely located and designed, the museum is worth for sake to take young child to educate. Otherwise it is a poor collection of objects and installations. Mostly flat displays

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Shrev
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I don't know what I expected, but this wasn't it. I really don't care what Hollywood or rich people are Jewish, because we are all people.

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Palamos, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The ladies who new about the exhibits were extremely friendly. They did want to help you find things. Go here if you want any help from the employees. These museums are really going down hill. Also they had a small computer exhibit on display but there were no apple computers in it even though online they said they had some.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

There were several very good exhibits of original Temples in the US. They had miniature replicas that were very well done. 5 floors is a lot to see in an hour. You should allow for about 3-4 hrs to see everything. Nice maps and artifacts.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Went mainly to see the Avedon photos, which were milding disappointing-- not much breadth but some interesting 1970's political stuff. THe rest of the museum turned out to be much more interesting. Lots of interactive exhibits and video which really make history come alive. Great gift shop, too.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I am a local, so I've been here numerous times. This is not a holocaust museum, and in fact does not focus on it at all. Rather, it has a very positive viewpoint and is very informative about the history of Jews in America and Jewish American life today. The permanent installation covers several floors, and takes a bit of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The wife and I really enjoyed this museum but my 12 year old was bored. Many exhibits with a lot to read and a lot of artifacts to see. All very interesting for adults who enjoy this topic. While my 12 year old is interested in history and American Jewish history, it was far too dry for him. I definitely... More 

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Arnold, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

the building was beautiful. the floors divided historically-fascinating displays and facts. The Avedon show was wonderful. we even participated in "Share your Story" the docents were very helpful.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We visited this museum to view the Richard Avedon: Family Affairs exhibition and while the Avedon was wonderful the whole museum was a surprise. The collection of materials, many of which were reproductions of historical documents, were excellent. The presentation as a whole was a comprehensive history that focused on all aspects of Jews in America. In addition, the physical... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This museum was a very positive experience. It is more of a study of history than a collection of Judaica. It is also very oriented toward Jewry in America as opposed to the European viewpoint. It was interesting, and I definitely learned some new things. The layout was very pleasant. I was a little pressed for time and couldn't spend... More 

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