The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. The Museum is committed to the crucial mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Anchoring the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Museum of Jewish Heritage completes the cultural and educational landscape it shares with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
As a place of memory, the Museum enables Holocaust survivors to speak through recorded testimony and draws on rich collections to illuminate Jewish history and experience. As a public history institution, it offers intellectually rigorous and engaging exhibitions, programs, and educational resources.
The third largest Holocaust museum in the world, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust protects the historical record and promotes understanding of Jewish heritage. It mobilizes memory to teach the dangers of intolerance and challenges visitors—including more than 50,000 schoolchildren a year—to let the painful lessons of the past guide them to envision a world worthy of their futures.
The Museum maintains a collection of 30,000 artifacts, photographs, documentary films, and survivor testimonies and contains classrooms, a 400-seat theater (Edmond J. Safra Hall), special exhibition galleries, a resource center for educators, and a memorial art installation, Garden of Stones, designed by internationally acclaimed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.
A visit to the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust makes for a memorable family experience. Children age 12 and younger are always admitted for free.
The first floor of the Museum’s Core Exhibition, Jewish Life a Century Ago, celebrates the rich history of Jewish life and culture before World War II. A free guide contains activities to help children, ages 7 to 11 of all backgrounds, learn how to use artifacts to explore their own family’s heritage and traditions. Please request this free guide at the Ann & Abe Oster Welcome Desk in the main lobby.
The second floor of the Core Exhibition, The War Against the Jews, is appropriate for a sixth-grade-or-beyond learning level, or after children have had an introduction to the history of the Holocaust in school.
In addition, the Museum presents temporary exhibitions and installations. Engaging family programs are offered throughout the year.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s home for Holocaust education.
Tours and programs for school groups align with Common Core Standards and are adapted to meet the specific needs, interests, and backgrounds of different student groups. Arrangements can be made for a Holocaust survivor or World War II veteran to speak as part of a visit to the Museum.
For adult groups, a variety of tour options are also available. Gather your family, friends, or colleagues for a meaningful visit.