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National Museum of American Jewish History

101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
+1 215-923-3811
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Ranked #5 of 281 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I could have spent hours here. I don't usually read everything in an museum but here I wanted to. It is well worth it and well put together. Start at the top (currently a baseball exhibition) and work your way down. You learn a lot.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Even though there was no audio guide the museum was laid out extremely well, and had great exhibits. I recommend it for individuals of any ethnicity or religion. Matt L Charlotte, NC

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Franklin Park, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Not that it matters, but I am not Jewish. I found the staff very friendly and helpful. I thought the displays were really well done, interesting and informative. Some of the Baseball displays should be permanent.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Docents were knowledgeable and helpful with exhibits. Interesting and unique small gift shop. Well located near other historic site.

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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577 reviews 577 reviews
289 attraction reviews
414 helpful votes 414 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We paid our admission and were welcomed with grape juice and challah before going through security. The security check was quick and painless. The exhibit, "Chasing Dreams, Baseball & Becoming American" was excellent. Our sports heroes are famous, but we very often forget about all the people who contribute to their performance. The other floors were also very good and... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Nice overview of the American Jewish experience without dwelling on the Ellis Island experience, or the Lower East Side. It's definitely about the national experience, not just Philly or the East Coast. Nice touch in dealing with the observance schisms between the strains in American Jewish life and what that means liturgically; without requiring a degree in theology. We loved... More

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Readington, New Jersey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Extremely impressive, engaging, thought-provoking museum. Been wanting to see it since it opened a few years ago. I am so glad I went. Spent 4 hours in the museum and could have easily done more. Well designed, so much to see and hear and learn. The special exhibit on baseball was stupendous. Came away very satisfied and proud to be... More

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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This was affordable and interesting, but not what I expected. I assume it is because I had been to the Holocaust Museum and I was expecting a little bit more. Do not go late afternoon. We went approximately 1.5 hrs prior to closing and had to rush through it.

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Phila PA
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32 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This museum has a lot to offer & sadly my first visit wasn't long enough (2 hours) to see the special exhibition on baseball and peruse the main collection as thoroughly as I would have liked. First off, the Chasing Dreams exhibition is worth while for all baseball fans & those who enjoy social history. It is jam-packed with items... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

There was so much of interest and we didn't get to see it all as we only allotted two hours because they closed at 5:30. The baseball exhibit was terrific and I had no idea of the history of Jews in the sport. The museum is well organized and kept my teenager interested to the point we were disappointed when... More

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