I've been to a couple of museums in New York but this was one of a kind. I've always been interested in the history of Jews and this museum was the perfect place to go.
The museum is very well structured and organized, it is clean and beautifully decorated. It is located in Battery park, about a 10-15 minute walk from the 9/11 memorial (which I had just visited prior to coming to this one), in a quiet area by the harbor.
I thought I would only stay there for an hour max because we had other plans for the rest of the afternoon, but we ended up staying in the museum for 2.5 hours, almost reading every word and watching every video in the exhibition- something I would've done only if I was younger.
The pictures, multimedia (videos, audio), all the artifacts donated by Jewish families made the museum all the more interesting. Each floor was organized into exhibitions on different eras of the Jewry. And I have to say that the floor about the Holocaust impressed and moved me the most. The air conditioning was particularly strong on that floor, and I thought, maybe the museum wanted visitors to really feel what it was like for the Jews back then, to starve in the cold. If that was not intended, I found it pretty effective in helping us "feel the cold".
Having studied history as a student, I was particularly moved when some historical events that I used to learn from my textbooks (such as the Allies declaring war on Germany) were highlighted on some displays, because I felt like my history classes have never ended because there are so many episodes from the war that we may not have known. And it doesn't matter whether you are a Jew or non-Jew, it is essential that we learn about tragic chapters of history like these so we don't repeat history or let others do so.
P.S. I entered the museum using the New York Pass so admission was free (included) for me.
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