National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E. at jct. 5th and Market sts., is a Smithsonian affiliate and the only major museum dedicated to chronicling the American Jewish experience. The museum's four floors contain documents, artifacts, photographs, films and interactive exhibits preserving the history of Jewish life from the arrival of the first Jewish community in New York in 1654 to the present. The first floor exhibits feature items from prominent Jewish icons, including a pipe that belonged to Einstein and a piano that belonged to American composer Irving Berlin. Some of the topics covered include early Jewish lifestyles, the evolution of religious practices, and immigration obstacles and discrimination.
Guided tours are available.
$15; $13 (ages 13-21, ages 65+ and students with ID); free (active military with ID). Highlight tour reservations are recommended for groups. Parking: Validation provided for a discount at The Bourse garage at 400 Ranstead St.
Hours: Wed.-Fri. 10-5, Sat.-Sun. 10-5:30. Museum open select Tues. during special exhibitions; phone ahead. Highlight tours are given at 11:30 and 2:30, subject to availability. Phone for holiday hours and closings. Schedule subject to change. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.