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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 #4 of 275 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth a visit - I learned more in two hours than in any history book. I was surprised at what I didn't know and my 11-year-old found the place fascinating. There was a fun scavenger hunt to do that kept us engaged throughout the visit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

First of all the building itself sticks out like a sore thumb as its ultra modern and really does not fit among historic buildings that are over 200 years old. The museum itself is very sparse and rather flamboyant in its approach to history, I wish it concentrated more on actual historical content rather than presentation. Its also very expensive... More

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High Falls, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This was a wonderful find for us. There is so much to learn about the role of Jews in American history, and the other way around as well. A special feature that I loved in particular is the current exhibit on Jews in baseball, but the permanent exhibits are often powerful, telling the story of the immigration of Jews from... More

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Brooklyn, NY
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26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is a relatively new museum. The top floor is the special exhibit gallery that had a most interesting exhibit about Jews and baseball during my visit. Then you descend to the different levels of the museum housing exhibits in chronological order about Jewish Americans. It's really well done, and I kept thinking that I'd like to see a museum... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This museum is new (and modern). It's not your typical Jewish Museum (Not about the Holocaust). I definitely recommend going there, and then before/after go to one of the many Olde City places (art shows, restaurants, bars, etc)

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Haifa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This museum is designed along theme lines tying together the Judean/Jewish experience as it is interwined with the history of the U.S.A. Its exhibits are informative, detailed, with plenty of space in a modern design building right off the Mall. I recommend 2-3 hours and no more, even if you do not get through all the exhibits simply because there... More

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Voorhees, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Great museum with interactive exhibits. There was a baseball exhibit which I truly enjoyed. This was NOT a holocaust-centric exhibit which was refreshing as many times the Holocaust overshadows other significant aspects of the Jewish Experience. Would recommend 3 hours especially if the baseball exhibit is still running.

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New York City, New York
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

A very different twist on a Jewish Museum - history of Jews in America. Wonderful exhibit - took us 5 hours and we did not finish - cannot wait to return. What was so good about it was that the journeys of Jews in America translate into almost any nationality - a must see for everyone.

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Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We visited the museum and found it lacking in some very important and strategic areas. It is a very nice and informative place yet not all that it should or could be. We would love to see more detail given towards the tragic events of the Holocaust. We understand that it is an American Jewish History Museum, however we feel... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This fairly new museum is dedicated to the American Jewish experience, dating back to colonial times. It is in the heart of Philadelphia's historic district, steps away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The location of this museum is not an accident, because the founders wanted to show how integral being American is to the Jewish identity in this... More

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