Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
$3 or $4 per student (minimum of $50 or $65).
The exhibition enhances the study of immigration, American history and diversity through child-oriented entry points and captivating problem-solving activities. It uses Jewish immigration to exemplify those issues of the immigrant experience that are common to all immigrants, wherever they come from.
Children use a scale to weigh tangible arguments for staying or leaving, peek into miniature dioramas of life in many periods and places and participate in a family conversation at a dinner table in Germany in the wake of the Nuremberg Laws of the 1930s.
Packing scaled down objects in trunks, children decide which of their possessions are truly important to them, and then explore the reasons for which particular belongings were brought along by the immigrants.
Once in America, children shop in a supermarket in which everything is written in a language they don’t understand and packaged in unfamiliar boxes. They try to fit a family of ten into a small apartment and peek into miniature dioramas again, this time to see scenes from life in the new country.
Children build their own neighborhoods and decide on the character of a community through a democratic process. They dress immigrant children in new American clothes.
Just like real advertisers, they add "old country" elements to local products to make them more attractive to the immigrants, and "Americanize" products brought along by immigrants.
From Home to Home complements aspects of the Social Studies curriculum, and encourages children to practice skills such as the ability to obtain information from primary documents, to link cause and effect, to infer and to make predictions.
The Children's Galleries for Jewish Culture is also home to a similarly fully interactive and hands-on exhibition called From Tent to Temple: Life in the Ancient Near East.
Professional development workshops, teacher and docent training sessions, and internship and volunteer opportunities are also available.