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National Museum of American Jewish History

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Neighborhood: City Center East
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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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I had one day in Philadelphia before a seminar and was walking the streets and visiting the constitution museum / mint / bell area. Ran into the museum almost accidentally and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I had one day in Philadelphia before a seminar and was walking the streets and visiting the constitution museum / mint / bell area. Ran into the museum almost accidentally and decided to give it a try. It was 14:25 and I got lucky as there was a 14:30 tour (I think it was the only daily one). Being Jewish... More 

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

It was different than most Jewish-themed museums I've visited. I found the American-Jewish tie interesting, and appropriate for Philadelphia's historic setting. The Avedon exhibit was there during our visit, and was also interesting. We joined a tour of the third and second floors, but I would recommend skipping it and going through on your own so you can spend time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

My friends and I spent a good half day at this new facility when it opened several years ago. We were very much impressed with the marble lobby and the famous Jewish historical figures depicted as you enter the museum. We did not have a docent with us, but we spent a few meaningful hours perusing the history of the... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This wasn't an area I knew too much about but I had an interesting couple of hours here. The museum is well done with some short videos to watch and lots to look at. The Richard Avedon exhibition was interesting.

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Ny
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Too much space. Too little info. If you want Jewish history, go to Synagogue Mikveh Israel. It's a block away and infinitely better (and cheaper - it's free).

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Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

My husband and I lucked out when we entered the museum and were told that a guided tour was about to begin in 10 minutes. The docent was very knowledgeable and moved at a pleasant pace. Be sure to allow yourself a solid 1 1/2-2 hour minimum to allow yourself to see everything at a glance. It really would take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

this modern museum has interesting display windows, videos, and artifacts to tell the story of immigration to the US and life throughout this country's history from,the 1600s to present. special exhibits are available as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The National Museum of Jewish American History, a beautiful building across from Independence Mall, explores at length the Jewish American experience from the time of arrival in the American colonies to present day. Covering three floors, in chronological order, there is so much to see that its takes time to fully engage in the history, individual stories, and the interactive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Very interesting and well displayed. We learned about history and how these people impacted our lives today. Interesting to read all about their struggles and successes. The videos shown were also entertaining and educational.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This was a nice exhibition of the history of Judaism in America from the immigration into the US to the changes in ideology from Orthodox to Reform.

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Additional Information about National Museum of American Jewish History

Address: Address: 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215-923-3811
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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