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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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A gem in the historic district

This museum was a gem in the historic district of Philadelphia. 1 block away from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. TSA-type security screening upon entry. Not crowded... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Springville
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This museum was a gem in the historic district of Philadelphia. 1 block away from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. TSA-type security screening upon entry. Not crowded when we visited over Easter break. Wonderful displays, excellent 3-minute movie clips about many famous Jewish Americans (Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, etc.) Well worth an hour of your time. There is an... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Quick visit to see the Avedon exhibit. Great pictures if photography is your thing. There is a photo booth to leave your own portrait!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

An important resource for Jewish history. Philadelphia is site of one of the oldest and strongest Jewish communities in the United States. Philadelphia Jews were crucial to national and local life from the revolutionary war to contemporary educational institutions.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This was a great place to visit. It was informative and a beautiful building. Being of Jewish descent, I thought I had a good deal of knowledge about the Jewish experience in this country but I learned a lot of new and interesting things. A definite must!

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Elk Grove, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

one of the best museums I have ever been to. We ended up spending half a day in there, we went out and came back after having lunch in the Borse. The museum designers clearly put a lot of thought into this and the exhibits were all top notch, there was a good mixture of audio/visual and practical demonstrations. And... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

As someone who has no prior knowledge of Jewish culture or anything Jewish related, I believe this Museum was both an overwhelming insightful experience to understanding Jewish history and culture. Beautiful Museum with the best visual displays I had seen so far on my travels, and it certainly was like stepping into unknown territory coming away with a wealth of... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Great displays. We arrived at 2:30 on Passover and were told the museum was closing early for the holiday, but they invited us in at no charge to look around the lower level where we found a wonderful documentary about the contributions of many Jewish people about whom I had not previously known, Albert Einstein's pipe, and Irving Berlin's piano... More 

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Delran, New Jersey
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I spent several hours here on a recent chilly Saturday afternoon with family members. Starting at the top as advised, we viewed/heard the vast history of Jews in (mostly)America from past to present. We all learned something from this visit, though I think that additional visits would be warranted in order to cover everything there was to see. We were... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I was disappointed in the museum. It tries to do too much. The rooms have exhibits, video recordings, audio recordings all going on at once and for me I was overwhelmed. Maybe there were some interesting things but I couldn't really focus on anything very well.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I really enjoyed the comprehensive historical exhibition of the American Jewish people. Not being American, I had no idea of their migration to the United States, nor their influence as early as the 1600s. I'm really glad I went.

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