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“Beautiful and Comprehensive”

National Museum of American Jewish History
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Baltimore, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful and Comprehensive”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Today, I spent 21/2 hours at the National Museum of American Jewish History and did not do justice to all the exhibits. However, the way the museum is organized a visitor can easily pick and choose depending on individual interests, e.g. early 17th century history, World War II, migration patterns from Europe, tenement history, Hollywood, comediennes, summer camps, assimilation, religious divisions within Judaism, etc. etc. Made reservations ahead of time, if possible.
Cafe: Cafe only serves "Dairy" food and selection is somewhat limited. Best to plan lunch elsewhere unless you just want a quick bite.
Store: A nice selection of Judaica---books, Sabbath candlesticks, Hanukah candles, Passover platters, et al.

Visited October 2012
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Concord, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A Newcomer to the Philly History Scene.”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

The new Museum is barely a year old. (Previously it was housed in Mikveh Israel Synogogue nearby.) There is much to see. In two hours we saw less than half...quickly.
You start on the 4th floor to learn about the few Jews who lived in the Colonial and Revolutionary eras.(I must confess that I am particularly interested in these exhibits, because I am a direct descendant of Jews who lived then in NYC and Philadelphia.)
When you descend to the 3rd, then 2nd floors you learn about Jewish immigration in the 19th century and about the development of Jewish communities in many parts of America. The first floor has audiovisual presentations about famous American Jews from Rebecca Gratz to Albert Einstein. There is also a TV interview area.
There is so much to see, so many details that it would require at least a 2nd or 3rd visit to see it all. My major critiques are that many of the exhibits are poorly illuminated and the descriptions and often the documents shown are too small to be seen clearly. Perhaps a "menu" of the various themes and subjects displayed would help visitors be more selective with their limited time for their visits.

Visited October 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Expected exhibits, but somewhat lacking”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

I took my 13 year old son to this museum. Maybe for adults it has some more meaning, but for a younger viewer, there seemed to be a lack of what may be appealing to that age group. My son did like the ability to make a brief video, but otherwise found much of the place not all that interesting, and was disappointed that photography was prohibited (I'm not sure why). So, it's ok, but if you are bringing teens (or younger), it doesn't really seem to cater to them.

Visited August 2012
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Washington, DC
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“History of Jews in America”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Well laid out with a very large collection of historical information. If you are a person who likes detail this is for you. The visit can be very time consuming. There are 4 floors arranged by time period. In an hour and a half that we had before the museum closed we saw the 4th and half of the 3rd floor exhibits and we did not linger very long at any of them. Wish they had longer hours, but understand why they don't. I highly recommend a visit to this museum.

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic; a must-see”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

I had the pleasure of visiting this museum in May. It's a new building with fantastic exhibits, and it encompasses the stories of Judaism in America from the times of Peter Stuyvesant through the present day. The stories are fascinating; they are wonderfully interactive; and, in fact, they provide insights into the evolution and history of all cultures in America. This museum has plenty to offer and you can spend a full half-day there easily. I could write more, but I think the best advice is to just get to the museum, see it yourself, and become immersed in the experience. You will learn so many things, and I think you'll find it to be a greatly enjoyable experience.

Visited May 2012
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