I have visited this Jewish Museum several times. The most recent visit was in December for a couple of lectures on the role of Jews in the Civil War and especially to tour their newest exhibit about Jews and the Civil War. The museum has two exhibits, one is constantly changing, and your entrance fee also includes a tour of two historic synagogues. There is a small admission charge to the museum, members can get in free. There is also a lovely gift shop that contains many books on the history and culture of Jewish Americans, especially in the Baltimore area, lovely pieces of jewelry and items for the Jewish home. Members get a discount at the gift shop.
The main exhibit on the History of Lombard Street (the neighborhood in Baltimore right around the Museum) is very interesting and really acquaints one with the history of the surrounding area from the early 19th century to the modern 21st century. This area has changed considerably, from a first stop for Jewish, Italian and Irish immigrants, to a primarily Jewish area of shops and eateries in the 19th and early 20th century, to an African American area in the mid-20th century and now is a diverse area, comprised of many new townhomes with persons of all backgrounds and income levels. A daily tour of two synagogues adjacent to the museum is offered. The tour guide I had was very interesting and informative. One synagogue has an unusual history of first being a synagogue, then a Catholic church, and is now a synagogue again. The recent changing exhibit about the role of Jews in the Civil War is outstanding! There are many personal artifacts, paintings and videos to explain the culture and history of the Jewish people at the time of the American Civil War. There is no other exhibit like it in the United States.
The personnel at the museum are very helpful and friendly. Although some of the primary exhibits may key in on the Baltimore Jewish community, the changing exhibits are more national in scope. One does not have to be Jewish to appreciate this museum. It is a wonderful history museum in its own right. It may well be one of the best Jewish Museums in the United States. The exhibits are well done and very professional. I highly recommend this museum! There is ample free parking right across the street. Note, the museum is closed on Friday and Saturday. They also offer periodic lectures that often coincide with their current exhibitions. I also took a bus trip recently sponsored by the museum of Civil War sites in Baltimore. I believe they will offer additional bus trips in the future. A big tip: eat at the authentic Jewish deli, Atman's, right around the corner from the museum.