AAA Editor Notes
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. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.

Admission
$15; $13 (senior citizens and ages 13-21, or students with college ID). Discount when purchased online. Additional fee for temporary exhibits.
Parking
Validation provided for a discount at The Bourse garage at 400 Ranstead St.
Hours
Mon.-Fri. 10-5 (also Thurs. 5-7), Sat.-Sun. 10-5:30. Highlight tours are given at 11:30 and 2:30, subject to availability. Closed Jan. 1, Passover (first day), Rosh HaShanah (first day), Yom Kippur and Thanksgiving. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.
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