The Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Jewish Museum of New York offers acclaimed art exhibitions that explore art and culture from ancient to modern times. The Museum is located on New York's famed Museum Mile. The Museum will close early on the following days: April 22, 2024, 3 pm
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighborhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighborhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
How to get there
  • 96th St • 7 min walk
  • 86th St • 9 min walk
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  • ldjs
    Fort Lee, New Jersey818 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great exhibits
    Attended the Sassoons exhibit, which was small, but excellent. The museum building and the store are beautiful, spacious and airy. This historic mansion is perfect for the museum. Exhibition was very well organized, wonderful experience. Cannot say the same about how the rest of the museum is curated. Lots of great creative pieces, but flow of exhibits is somewhat haphazard and not easy to follow. Visited a few years ago and at that time collection seemed to be organized more cohesively. It’s still of course a lovely collection from Jewish ritual items to modern art. Overall recommend to visit and lots to see.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Beamer23
    Perth, Australia284 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience
    Well worth visiting, even if you are not of the faith. The name of the museum suggests that it is all about the Jewish faith, whereas it is more a presentation of art work by Jewish artists. Almost like visiting places like MOMA.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
  • sulkinggirl
    Greater Manchester, United Kingdom25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mind blowing exhibits
    A perfect mix of old and new art work. The Chagall was my favourite but I was introduced to many new Jewish artists such as Michael Gross and Louise Fishman; and art of Jewish interest. The painting of Gertrude Stein by Andy Warhol was inspired. Cultural and religious artefacts spanning 2000 years were thoughtfully curated and the information was presented clearly. I was fascinated by the amulets in particular. Reasonably priced, a lift, free cloakroom and toilets made it a thoroughly accessible visit. The shop sells original artwork, an impressive book collection, and hundreds of items from a dollar to a thousand dollars. I bought a tapestry mezuzah case amongst other things. Can’t recommend enough.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Susan L
    Marstons Mills, Massachusetts50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A treasure
    What a lovely little museum! Actually, not that little.. there was quite a bit to see. Everything was well organized and curated. We saw the exhibit of RBG collar photographs as well as a delightful exhibit on Coney Island. One of the highlights is a room packed with Jewish artifacts. Unfortunately, a school group came into that room and we had to vacate, but the exhibit had wonderful descriptions of the use and history of the artifacts. The museum is right off Central Park a few blocks beyond the Metropolitan Museum. Personally, I prefer intimate museums like this to huge and overwhelming museums like the Met. The museum has a small but nice gift shop that had interesting books and Judaica gift items. Some of the items related to the plagues were a little kitchy but it was a fun place to browse.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 17, 2024
  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, California8,783 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Exhibits in a Beautiful Setting
    At the upper reaches of Museum Mile is this wonderful offering. Housed in the historic Felix M. Warburg mansion, it has both a permanent collection as well as specialized exhibitions. I visited on a rainy Friday morning, as there were three current exhibits I wanted to see. The first was a replica of Frederick Kiesler's modern, innovative home library set up. Next up was a short history of Coney Island and its long-standing Jewish connection, told through photos and two carefully carved carousel horses. Lastly, several of the late Justice Ruth Baser Ginsberg's beautiful legal collars and jabots were shown, side by side with ornate tribal jewelry from all over the world. A great spot to begin your museum day, as I did, or round it off. And it's close to a sweeping view of the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir in Central Park at Engineer's Gate.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 21, 2024
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MPB
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
My friend and I came here in the morning and spent about an hour in it. It was very nice and very clean. Since we were there in the morning, there weren't very many people there and it was quite quiet. Lots of beautiful artifacts and the Sassoon exhibit was wonderful. Highly recommend this smaller museum to anyone who wants to learn more about Jewish history or just go somewhere that isn't as popular as the Moma or Met. We also went on Saturday, which we learned was a free day!
Written March 16, 2023
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Elizabeth W
472 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is one of the best museums I've been to in some time. Everything about it was spectacular and best of all it was free to get in on this particular day (Saturday). The museum is small, exhibits were beautiful, enjoyable and a great way to spend a morning. The restrooms are downstairs where you can find Russ & Daughters restaurant which has a lovely choice of wonderful yummy food. Be sure and check the hours on line as the museum and restaurant are closed on certain days. I highly recommend this museum!!
Written April 5, 2020
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA720 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The Jewish Museum contains a nice collection of Jewish cultural & historical items on Manhattan's Museum Mile. Currently the museum has one floor of historical artifacts gathers from the last few centuries; an extensive set of computer terminals (you get a stylus to select items from a touch screen) next to each display case provides a lot of detail on each item. This collection focuses on the decorative arts (plus a related film on continuous run) as developed by various Jewish communities; this is less of a history museum.
Written March 4, 2021
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Kayley R
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This is my favorite museum to visit in New York. The exhibits cover many different periods of Jewish history across diverse cultures. It is amazing to see ancient and medieval ritual objects just down the hall from evocative modern art. Highly recommend!
Written December 6, 2021
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sulkinggirl
Greater Manchester, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A perfect mix of old and new art work. The Chagall was my favourite but I was introduced to many new Jewish artists such as Michael Gross and Louise Fishman; and art of Jewish interest.
The painting of Gertrude Stein by Andy Warhol was inspired.

Cultural and religious artefacts spanning 2000 years were thoughtfully curated and the information was presented clearly. I was fascinated by the amulets in particular. Reasonably priced, a lift, free cloakroom and toilets made it a thoroughly accessible visit.
The shop sells original artwork, an impressive book collection, and hundreds of items from a dollar to a thousand dollars. I bought a tapestry mezuzah case amongst other things.

Can’t recommend enough.
Written November 7, 2023
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TravelRalphy
Fairfield, CT69 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The NYC Jewish Museum has a permanent exhibit with special exhibits. The unique V Sassoon exhibit had various portraits by S Sargent of the Sassoon family and old Jewish manuscripts on one floor. Learning about the V. Sassoon family's history from Iraq to India, shanghai, and England was fascinating. This exhibit is moving to another museum in August.
Written August 5, 2023
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travelerdmd
Colorado11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Superb introduction to Jewish life in the New York area and the effects of their culture on modern America. The collections helped understand Jewish family life and traditions, mainly in NYC but also throughout the world. Even more important, the museum helped me begin to understand how Jewish peoples have contributed to the world, rather than emphasizing victimhood. I would still like to have had a deeper insight into how such a persecuted group could be so resilient, and why Jews seem to have been persecuted even today, but this was a good intoduction to this complex topic. The Museum was a bit weak on world history and the diversity of Jewish thought, so you may want to explore other options for those topics.
The Museum seemed to have a nice friendly ambience and the location was a plus. You can finish your tour with a nice walk in Central Park to help settle all that you have seen.
Written December 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Susan L
Marstons Mills, MA50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
What a lovely little museum! Actually, not that little.. there was quite a bit to see. Everything was well organized and curated. We saw the exhibit of RBG collar photographs as well as a delightful exhibit on Coney Island. One of the highlights is a room packed with Jewish artifacts. Unfortunately, a school group came into that room and we had to vacate, but the exhibit had wonderful descriptions of the use and history of the artifacts.
The museum is right off Central Park a few blocks beyond the Metropolitan Museum. Personally, I prefer intimate museums like this to huge and overwhelming museums like the Met.
The museum has a small but nice gift shop that had interesting books and Judaica gift items. Some of the items related to the plagues were a little kitchy but it was a fun place to browse.
Written March 17, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
At the upper reaches of Museum Mile is this wonderful offering. Housed in the historic Felix M. Warburg mansion, it has both a permanent collection as well as specialized exhibitions.

I visited on a rainy Friday morning, as there were three current exhibits I wanted to see. The first was a replica of Frederick Kiesler's modern, innovative home library set up. Next up was a short history of Coney Island and its long-standing Jewish connection, told through photos and two carefully carved carousel horses. Lastly, several of the late Justice Ruth Baser Ginsberg's beautiful legal collars and jabots were shown, side by side with ornate tribal jewelry from all over the world.

A great spot to begin your museum day, as I did, or round it off. And it's close to a sweeping view of the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir in Central Park at Engineer's Gate.
Written May 21, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

qsman
United States147 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Only saw the core exhibition on the 3rd floor. Beautiful religious artifacts and explanations
However wokeness art work is not a Jewish value and dies not represent mainstream Judaism. This is a museum attempting to blend Jews and modernist ideas, not a Jewish Museum. At least one nude painting and film clips on bizzare "Jewish" themes.
Written January 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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