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“Outstanding regional museum on Jewish history” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jewish Museum of Maryland

Jewish Museum of Maryland
Ranked #33 of 224 things to do in Baltimore
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Owner description: The past becomes reality for thousands of visitors to this museum and library dedicated to teaching about the Jewish experience, and helping to keep the Jewish heritage alive. Enjoy 2 permanent exhibits and 1 rotating exhibit gallery, as well as tours of 2 historic synagogues. Come and see the newest, family friendly exhibit: The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen!
Annandale, Virginia
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“Outstanding regional museum on Jewish history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

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.

Visited December 2013
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Sao Carlos, SP
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“Interesting...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

It was an interesting experience to know about a different religion (from my perspective). Guide was really interested in helping, other people around to. For me it was informative because of the people who were there sharing their personal information with me. The museum itself is just average i would say.

Visited August 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Very Moving!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Please do not think you need to be Jewish to visit this wonderful historic location. You'll learn so much about immigrant history and the interaction of the different groups. The two Synagogues were amazing. The oldest was once even used as a Catholic Church. Our Docent was so helpful He invited us to touch the ancient Torahs. It was very emotional. Oh, I am a Roman Catholic, if that hardly matters.

Visited July 2013
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nyc
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“Excellent museum of immigration and local synagogues”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

Very well-done exhibition about this once teeming immigrant Jewish neighborhood closely bordered by Little Italy and African American,homes. Very realistic, lively and full of oral histories, made very real for adults and children alike. The contrasts between the 1880's and 1960's is very powerful. Make sure you visit the two synagogues next door on the tour illustrating 150 years of changes. The free Crculator orange line bus stops at the corner and it is two blocks from the E Gaines African History Museum on President Street. There are Jewish delis across the street from the museum and Little italy is two blocks south. Lovely staff-soon they will have a Jews in the Civil War exhibit that I saw in NYC- excellent.

Visited August 2013
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Ocean City, Maryland
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“informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

We were limited in time since the museum closes at 5:00 pm and we arrived at 4:45 pm - went through the exhibits in "Voices of Lombard Street" - the displays were very good and very informative with regard to the lives of the oeoples who lived in that area 60-70 years ago. Will go back next visit and allow more time.

Visited August 2013
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