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Make sure your family’s knowledge of Jewish culture isn’t limited to Seinfeld quotes with today’s side deal. For $50, you get a yearlong family membership at The Jewish Museum (a $135 value). Check out the full family membership benefits, which include:
- Free admission every day for two adults and their children (up to age 18)
- Two guest passes
- 10% discount at all Museum shops
- Invitations for two adults to members-only previews of new exhibitions
- Reduced admission to selected public programs
- Discounts for family events and programs
- Notice of the Family Hanukkah Party
- Opportunity to participate in custom overseas tours
- 10% off at (completely kosher) Café Weissman
- Discounts at local restaurants and parking garages
- 10% discounts on space rental for children’s birthday parties
- Subscription to the Museum’s newsletter and eNews
Located along Museum Mile on the Upper East Side, The Jewish Museum is the premier site in the country for exploring more than 4,000 years of Jewish history, art, and ideas. The heart of the museum is its permanent exhibition, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, which uses art, artifacts, photographs, interactive media, and video to convey the broad sweep of Jewish history and identity.
Current special exhibits include a fascinating look at how Jewish rituals and ritual objects have been recast since the 1990s and a collection of video explorations of secular and sacred ritual. The Museum has also hosted temporary exhibits displaying abstract art, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and comic book artists with drawings of one alleged Jewish immigrant who came here by way of Krypton. Activate your membership in time for upcoming family-friendly programs such as DIY collage design and classic children’s film and television screenings.
Of course, The Jewish Museum isn’t just for Jewish people any more than the Chinatown Bus is just for buses. People of all ages and backgrounds will learn a great deal about not only Jewish history, but also their own heritage as they explore the rich historical, artistic, and political contributions of one of humanity’s oldest living cultures.
Insider Pages reviewers give the Jewish Museum four stars, Yelpers give 4.5, and one IgoUgo user gives it five stars: > * The Jewish Museum is a wonderful tribute to Jewish history and culture. It is also appealing for others interested in other things because it has exhibits for everyone. The museum is beautifully laid out and has many very interesting and multimedia exhibits. – HP Q., Insider Pages > * I love visiting this place…and we all know New York would never be complete without a Jewish museum. – Fer M., Yelp > * Set on four floors, this is a truly spectacular museum of Jewish history and heritage… The exhibits are spread over many rooms; some have displays, some have artifacts, and in some rooms, you feel like you have entered the time period. It was all very interesting and well-presented. – zabelle, IgoUgo
From Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life: Mila Tanya Griebel (British, b. 1963) , “Marriage, I would rather have a cup of tea!” 2000. The Jewish Museum, New York, Purchase: Contemporary Judaica Acquisitions Committee Fund and Hyman and Miriam Silver Fund for Contemporary Judaica.
From Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life: LoVid: Tali Hinkis (American, b. Israel 1974) and Kyle Lapidus (American, b. 1975), Retzuot (ShinShinAgam), 2008. Courtesy of the artists, New York.
Visitors to Core: Photo by Jia Jia Fei.
Photo of children: Jia Jia Fei.
The Jewish Museum
From a stone mosaic that lined the floors of a 5th-century synagogue to the final rhyme spit out by a Jewish hip-hop artist, the span of the Jewish Museum's collections is as diverse as it is expansive. What began in 1904 with 26 artifacts has blossomed into a collection of 27,000 paintings, sculptures, and multimedia exhibits that together present a collage of art and Jewish culture from across centuries and continents.
The centerpiece of the Museum is Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, a permanent exhibition 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 Archaeology 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 Café Weissman, a certified-kosher café whose stained glass windows shed light on the edible portion of the Jewish journey.
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1109 5th Ave
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