Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
$3 or $4 per student (minimum of $50 or $65).
All children will benefit from a visit to this vibrant exhibition that integrates science, geography, art and archaeology with social, ethical and psychological issues. The exhibition animates and complements the study of ancient cultures, basic needs, natural resources, technologies and comparative religions and communities around the world through experiential and hands-on problem solving activities.
The 55 interactive stations engage children in an active exploration of four major topics: food, shelter, clothing and adornment and archaeology. Children view, manipulate and describe in detail artifacts to strengthen their observational and deductive skills.
In the food section, children examine the concept of a balanced diet and create a meal from foods of the ancient Near East. They see how important water is and discover how food was procured. They hunt for food, grind wheat and invent cooking implements.
In the section about shelter and building, children explore geography as a factor in settlement and styles of building. They weave cloth for a tent, build a farmhouse, explore the simple machines used in the building of pyramids and temples, and "import" the materials used in the construction of Solomon’s temple.
Exploring clothing and adornment, children find out where fabrics and precious materials came from, and dress a mannequin in period costumes representing the styles of the ancient Near East.
In the fourth section, children engage in an archaeological excavation to figure out how archaeological finds help historians create a tangible portrayal of the lives of people in the "cradle of civilization."
The Children's Galleries for Jewish Culture is also home to a similarly fully interactive and hands-on exhibition called From Home to Home: Jewish Immigration to America.
Professional development workshops, teacher and docent training sessions, and internship and volunteer opportunities are also available.