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National Museum of American Jewish History
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Ranked #9 of 471 things to do in Philadelphia
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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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 5, 2014

After surviving a pat down at the well guarded entrance, I went on to have a great experience here. This museum was extremely educational for me. History of Jews in America was presented in a chronological, well presented format.

Starting on the fourth floor and working down, the museum tells the story of Jews in America from the first settlers to modern day. Here are a few of the awesome points...

1. It tells the story of Jews in America quite thoroughly. It highlights persecution and discrimination struggles faced by Jews, but does not dwell there. The museum highlights how Jewish-American customs developed, contributions of Jewish people to American political, social, and military life, and how Jewish people felt about issues facing America and the world throughout U.S. history.
2. The museum has a great mix of written text, artifacts, and video that help the story come to life.
3. The museum addresses struggles among Jews related to appropriate religious practices throughout the years in the United States. In reading about the museum before my visit, I read a criticism that the museum's restaurant was not completely kosher. Once I visited, this made more sense to me. The museum lives with the struggle to measure up to what it means to be appropriately "Jewish".
4. The place is spotlessly clean and appropriately airy. You don't feel like you are in a stuffy, old museum, but a modern masterpiece.

This museum is well worth the visit. It is highly informative in an interesting way. It fits with other stories of freedom and U.S. history that make Philadelphia such a special place.

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

I thought this would be another Jewish museum with ritual objects and stories of the Holocaust, but it's much more. This museum is telling a story, and it is the story of Jews in the U.S. It speaks of our immigrant ancestors, how they left their homes, how they arrived, and the many ways in which they made lives for themselves. There is no place in this museum where you will be bored.

Thank sablatt
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Learned a lot about American history, not just Jewish history. Allow for plenty of time to view all the exhibits; we had to rush off to another activity and felt like we missed a lot. Also visit the gift shop - one of the best selections of Judaica we have ever seen. Staff there and in all the museum was friendly and very helpful.

Thank Cajuche
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

This museum is the perfect space for honoring history and also having social functions. The staff did a fabulous job of putting on the cocktail hanukkah party --- I wish they would do more events like these!

Thank Katie M
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

This was a big fun museum, enough hands on and video things to keep a kid happy. We really enjoyed it

Thank Judybaltimore
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