After inventing geometry and physics, Greeks invented history—primarily as a way to document their many inventions. Take a stroll through history with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get a general-admission ticket to the National Museum of American Jewish History (up to a $12 value) in Philidelphia. The museum is located on South Independence Mall East, just steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
The National Museum of American Jewish History unfurls across 100,000 square feet and 5 floors of space, featuring interactive exhibits and relaying more than 350 years of American Jewish life. Browse through the permanent collection, boasting authentic relics of Jewish art, charity, childhood, and sports. The comprehensive multi-part core exhibition follows the history of Jews in North America by time period, and spans across multiple floors. The earliest chapter, Foundations of Freedom (1654–1880), focuses on early immigration to the continent, followed chronologically by Dreams of Freedom (1880–1945), which centers on the challenges faced by Jews during open immigration. Choices and Challenges of Freedom (1945–present) documents modern Jewish migration around the world and from cities to suburbs. Only in America hones in on the experience of 18 exceptional Jews in America, including Albert Einstein, Esteé Lauder, and Sandy Koufax. Children 12 and under get in free, and the museum offers a free, guided 60-minute tour at 12:30 p.m. every day, as well as a selection of kosher dairy products at the Museum Café.
The National Museum of American Jewish History's recent re-opening was featured by 6 ABC, CBS Philly, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The New York Times also featured the museum, and four Yelpers give it an average of 4.5 stars.
- The exhibition also includes multimedia presentations and state-of-the-art technology that aims to give visitors a glimpse into the history and traditions of Jewish people in America as well as their social, political, religious and economic lives. – Monica Haynes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- The layout is phenomenal, starting on the top floor and moving you through history as you work your way down to the 1st floor. – steven w., Yelp, 1/22/11
National Museum of American Jewish History
The National Museum of American Jewish History's core exhibition traces more than 350 years of American Jewish history, documenting their triumphs and struggles since first settling in 1654. Spread across 25,000 square feet on five floors, the exhibition's historical objects and lifelike environments cover subjects such as the late 19th-century Jewish immigration and the involvement of American Jews in the Civil Rights Movement. As the exhibition moves into the present day, visitors can share their own stories and opinions in two of the museum's interactive stations: It's Your Story and the Contemporary Issues Forum. After sharing their own journeys, guests can explore the Only in America Gallery/Hall of Fame, where multimedia displays and original artifacts highlight the lives of prominent Jewish Americans, including Irving Berlin and Estée Lauder.
Cups of Old City Coffee, baked goods from LeBus, and vegetarian and dairy cuisine from Di Bruno Bros. reenergize museum-goers at the Pomegranates Café; kosher fare is also available. Additional museum programming includes educational opportunities for adults and kids, as well as live events such as lectures, discussions, and concerts.