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1109 5th Ave New York, NY 10128
212-423-3200

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From a stone mosaic that lined the floors of a fifth-century synagogue to the final rhyme spit out by a Jewish hip-hop artist, the span of The Jewish Museum New York's collections is as diverse as it is long. What began in 1904 with 26 artifacts has blossomed into a collection of 27,000 paintings, sculptures, and multimedia exhibits that dovetail into a collage of Jewish culture and identity from across centuries and continents.

The centerpiece of the museum is Culture and Continuity: A Jewish Journey, a permanent exhibit teeming with artifacts, videos, and art that collectively celebrate Jewish identity and the culture's ability to persevere through sometimes tragic circumstances. Artists—from 20th century French master Édouard Vuillard to contemporary American painter Kehinde Wiley—enliven the galleries in rotating exhibitions.

The centerpiece of the museum is Culture and Continuity: A Jewish Journey, a permanent exhibit teeming with artifacts, videos, and art that collectively celebrate Jewish identity and the culture's ability to persevere through sometimes tragic circumstances. Artists—from 20th century French master Édouard Vuillard to contemporary American painter Kehinde Wiley—enliven the galleries in rotating exhibitions.

Interactive exhibits such as the Archeology Zone bring kids within earshot of ancient times as they don ancient costumes and weigh, magnify, and analyze vessels just like anthropologists or careful ancient housewares shoppers. Family activities include holiday-themed art classes and workshops, and The Wind Up series invites adults into the museum for an after-hours menagerie of cutting-edge music, film, and theatre. After a day of soaking up history, attendees can nosh at Lox at Cafe Weissman, a certified-kosher cafe whose stained glass windows shine a light on the edible portion of the Jewish journey.

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