Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History
4.5
Speciality MuseumsEducational sitesHistory Museums
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Visit the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, right on Independence Mall. Explore our collection of interactive exhibitions highlighting the journey of American immigrants and their stories that have helped shape America into the country we know and love. Reserve your tickets now!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: City Center East
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  • 5th St • 1 min walk
  • 2nd St • 6 min walk
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  • Kathryn G
    Providence, Rhode Island442 contributions
    Educational and enlightening
    This museum is extensive - I didn't expect it to be 4 floors packed with well-curated artifacts and narratives. I thought that I had a pretty good knowledge of this immigrant history, but there were some "a-ha" moments for me. One was the fact that there were more Jewish slave owners than I had realized, and that many sided with the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Another was the realization that we take free, public education for granted, but that wasn't what many of the immigrants came from and so it was a surprise to them.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 24, 2023
  • NapiliR
    Tampa, Florida274 contributions
    So much new information
    As an historian, I thought I knew quite a bit about colonial American history, but I learned so much from the well curated and documented exhibits on the fourth floor. The artifacts were carefully selected and displayed with clear labels. The people chronicled came alive through the exhibit. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and spent about three hours here. I have already recommended this museum to my friends.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 24, 2023
  • IMWHM
    Sleepy Hollow, New York43 contributions
    Glad we found it
    This was a last minute visit, and unfortunately we did not have enough time to absorb all the information or exhibits. We did, however, get a guided tour by a very lovely docent (Thank you, Helene!). Peeked in the gift shop on the way out, which was well curated...looking forward to going back!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 13, 2023
  • mrs_un0
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania405 contributions
    Time Well Spent at the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History
    Walked up to the museum to find out that admission was complimentary. My son had previously gone with his school and wanted to go back to show me the exhibits and information he learned. We had a lovely visit. The museum is very informative and the exhibits have a nice blend of technology, interaction, and artifacts. Would definitely return.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
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mrs_un0
Philadelphia, PA405 contributions
Aug 2023
Walked up to the museum to find out that admission was complimentary. My son had previously gone with his school and wanted to go back to show me the exhibits and information he learned. We had a lovely visit. The museum is very informative and the exhibits have a nice blend of technology, interaction, and artifacts. Would definitely return.
Written August 25, 2023
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nycmom22
New York City, NY3,151 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
This is a comprehensive history of Jewish life in the US. It is well-told and the building is beautiful. The museum is free, but donations are welcome. The Bourse food hall is right next door. The museum shop is the best one in the entire city.
Written September 10, 2022
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IMWHM
Sleepy Hollow, NY43 contributions
Mar 2023
This was a last minute visit, and unfortunately we did not have enough time to absorb all the information or exhibits. We did, however, get a guided tour by a very lovely docent (Thank you, Helene!).

Peeked in the gift shop on the way out, which was well curated...looking forward to going back!
Written March 13, 2023
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barry88
Hillsborough, NJ579 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were walking back from lunch and saw the building. Went inside and found out it was free when we went. It’s four levels and goes in chronological order. There is a ton to see. Some of it seems silly to be there but overall nice exhibit.
Written February 21, 2020
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NapiliR
Tampa, FL274 contributions
Jan 2023
As an historian, I thought I knew quite a bit about colonial American history, but I learned so much from the well curated and documented exhibits on the fourth floor. The artifacts were carefully selected and displayed with clear labels. The people chronicled came alive through the exhibit. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and spent about three hours here. I have already recommended this museum to my friends.
Written January 24, 2023
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Bensionq
West New York, NJ289 contributions
Oct 2013 • Family
Haym Salomon (1740-1785) an immigrant from Poland who was very active in the jewish community was arrested when the British occupied new York, he later escaped to Philadelphia to aid the revolution where he worked for the office of finance, He raised funds to outfit American troops, lent money to patriots like James Madison,the Jewish Menorah was later printed on the Dollar bill to honor him.
Many other fascinating facts like the Jewish actors in the early stages of Hollywood movies ,their huge contribution to the industry for which it is so famous today, I never knew that the three stooges were Jewish, you will see the Levis jeans story and many more things.
The museum is well secured, modern and well maintained with a nice gift shop,right next door is a mall with food court.
Overall the Haym Salomon story fascinated me, I would say he is the reason we are enjoying this freedom to this day.

Look at the dollar bill where it says One dollar ,turn it upside down then look at the left hand corner ,you will find Menorah and the star of David,
Written October 21, 2013
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Mistyfuji
Clifton, VA44 contributions
Jan 2020
The National Museum of American Jewish History is all encompassing with exceptional displays and commentary. You start on the 4th floor and work your way down to the present day in history.
This museum is for everyone...old and young alike, Jewish, Non-Jewish, everyone. Though it can be sobering, it was a accurate depiction of what it's like to be a Jew in Europe, United States, and the Middle East and was on point in recounting history.
I normally don't speak of museum gift shops but this one was off the charts with Judaica jewelry, books, housewares, etc.... and the prices were decent.
Lastly, it wasn't crowded and there's plenty of room so I don't know how many people had this on their 'to do' list, but it's truly an exceptional place to visit. Oh, it's also was Free..I believe all of January and February is Free.
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Written January 24, 2020
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AirmontTraveler
Spring Valley, NY24 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
We spent over 4 hours in the museum. It is beautifully done. By the way - it's not free on Wednesday - just on Wednesday evening after 5:00 p.m.

We were disappointed though, that the curators either through lack of interest, knowledge, or negligence left out the statistically fastest growing segment of the Jewish population in America - which is the Orthodox Jews. We were really looking forward to learning more about the Jews who continue to practice their religion so many thousands of years since the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, but they're almost nowhere to be found in this museum.

There's a picture of the Lubavitch Rebbe and an exhibit with a black fedora, and a couple of Modern-Orthodox Rabbis but we couldn't find any mention of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ (a graduate Talmudic institute with over 6,000 students currently studying for advanced degrees in Talmudic law and Torah studies) or its founder Rabbi Aharon Kotler -- or mention of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein - known as one of the greatest American Rabbis in the 20th Century.

We know there are thriving Orthodox communities of Orthodox Jews in New York in Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Queens, Long Island, Monsey, Monroe, and New Square and around the country in Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle, Miami, Lakewood, etc. because we've seen Orthodox Jews in all of those places -- but there's no mention of them in this museum.

That's the one gaping hole in this museum -- it's "Jewish-lite". It spends a lot of time focusing on people who no longer practice Judaism, who've hidden the fact that they are Jews, and even on people and practices that aren't Jewish, but very very little (almost none) on Orthodox Judaism (E.g. lots of Reform Temples, few Orthodox Synagogues) - and for those of us who came in wanting to learn more about authentic American Judaism -- we didn't find it here.
Written June 23, 2013
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SanDiego2010
San Diego, California, USA22 contributions
Nov 2011 • Solo
This Museum, dedicated in November 2010, features Americana Jewish style. Lots of history. Top floor has mostly 18th century American Jewish history. As the visitor descends, the times become more recent. My grandkids loved the real covered wagon that was part of pioneer days exhibit and I loved the 1950's nostalgia from the Catskills.
Written September 27, 2012
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Bobbi B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States6 contributions
Sep 2011 • Solo
The National Museum of American Jewish History's mission is to present educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore and celebrate the history of a culture.
Written July 23, 2012
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