The Jewish Museum
Widely admired for its exhibitions and collections that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to exploring the intersection of art and Jewish culture from ancient to modern times. The Jewish Museum organizes a diverse schedule of internationally acclaimed and award-winning temporary exhibitions as well as dynamic and engaging programs for families, adults, and school groups. The Museum was established in 1904, when Judge Mayer Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial art objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the core of a museum collection. Today, the Museum maintains a collection of 25,000 objects – paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ritual objects, and broadcast media.
Every month, families will find hands-on arts and crafts projects focusing on the museum’s collection, special exhibitions and ticketed special programs.
Check the museum’s family-focused Web page for a full range of activities, from music classes to tours to workshops, to projects kids can do at home. Video clips of current exhibitions are also available.
There are special family programs and school partnerships for children with disabilities.
The Educator Zone, a new online resource for teachers, offers a rich array of information and educational materials. Educators can access information on: planning a class visit, educator workshops and events, and new resources such as curriculum materials. Two curriculum guides—Jewish Holidays and The Holocaust are currently available, and two others—Immigration and Archaeology—will be added. In each curriculum guide, an educator can click on one of ten collection images, accessing information about its history, function and related ideas. A host of useful tools and information (such as glossaries, timelines and maps) accompany each object, as well as suggested activities to share with their students.
A host of programs on a variety of subjects are offered at the museum for students in Kindergarten through grade 12. Some program examples are below; contact the museum for a complete listing. There are also school partnership programs for children with disabilities.
Digging Through Time: Using archaeologists’ tools, students in grades K to 5 unearth the past through a simualted archaeological dig.
Our Great Garden: Nurturing Planet Earth: This interactive exhibit teaches children in grades K to 3 about the environment and caring for their world.
Immigration to America: Students in grades 3 to 12 discuss the Jewish immigrant experience in the U.S. through artifacts, paintings and photographs.
Understanding the Holocaust Through Art and Artifacts: Middle and high school students explore the origins of anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust and consider the impact of Nazi tyranny.