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National Museum of American Jewish History

The National Museum of American Jewish History, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire.

Established in 1976, and situated on Philadelphia's Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History is the only museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to exploring and interpreting the American Jewish experience. NMAJH was originally founded by the members of historic Congregation Mikveh Israel, which was established in 1740 and known as the "Synagogue of the American Revolution".

The Museum has long been a vital component in the cultural life of Philadelphia. During the course of its history, NMAJH has attracted a broad regional audience to its public programs, while exploring American Jewish identity through lectures, panel discussions, authors' talks, films, children's activities, theater, and music.

The Museum has displayed more than a hundred exhibitions in its first three decades-plus of existence. As the repository of the largest collection of Jewish Americana in the world, with more than 30,000 objects, NMAJH has developed extensive institutional experience in preservation, conservation and collections management supporting the fulfillment of its mission to preserve the material culture of American Jews.

NMAJH is proud to be a Smithsonian Affiliate. The Museum has access to the Smithsonian Institution's collections and resources, permitting it to borrow artifacts from the Smithsonian’s estimated 142-million-piece collection – from colonial Judaic artifacts and historic documents to fine art and objects of contemporary significance – to be shown as part of special exhibitions or to be incorporated into our core exhibition. This affiliation also allows the Museum to take advantage of the Smithsonian’s educational resources and expertise in the areas of conservation, collections care and exhibit development for both staff training and consultation. The National Museum of American Jewish History is able to call upon Smithsonian experts to present programs on behalf of the Museum, as has already been done with great success. Members have the opportunity to become Smithsonian Affiliate members at a minimal additional cost.

How to get there

Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, or 57.

Fare

There are many ways to get here on SEPTA, there are also many ways to pay. Click here to learn which fare is best for you. ​

Hours

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Upcoming Local Happenings
Fourteen constitution center

Fourteen - A New Exhibit

National Constitution Center

FOURTEEN, open now thru 3/27 explores the Reconstruction era and life after the ratification of the 14th Amendment, which granted citizenship rights and protections to formerly enslaved African Americans. The 35-minute theatrical performance features readings from historic texts — including Frederick Douglass’ open letter “To My Old Master” — and highlights the influential figures and everyday Americans who made an impact during the era. Check out this Perk before you go! So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 48 or 57.

20200204 00:00 20200327 00:00 America/New_York Fourteen - A New Exhibit <p><em><a href="https://constitutioncenter.org/calendar/fourteen-a-theatrical-performance-spring-2020" target="_blank">FOURTEEN</a>, </em>open now thru 3/27&nbsp;explores the Reconstruction era and life after the ratification of the 14th Amendment, which granted citizenship rights and protections to formerly enslaved African Americans. The 35-minute theatrical performance features readings from historic texts &mdash; including Frederick Douglass&rsquo; open letter &ldquo;To My Old Master&rdquo; &mdash; and highlights the influential figures and everyday Americans who made an impact during the era.&nbsp;Check out&nbsp;<a href="https://iseptaphilly.com/perk/56">this Perk</a>&nbsp;before you go! So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 48 or 57.</p> National Constitution Center, Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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My General Tubman - Extended Thru 3/15!

Arden Theatre

A world premiere by acclaimed Philadelphia author Lorene Cary, My General Tubman is a beautiful and exciting new play about the complex journey of Harriet Tubman and the impact she continues to have today. Check it out now thru 3/8! It's so easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 5, 17, 33, 48 or 57. Before you go - check out this Perk - it will save you $10!

20200116 00:00 20200316 00:00 America/New_York My General Tubman - Extended Thru 3/15! <p>A world premiere by acclaimed Philadelphia author Lorene Cary,&nbsp;<em>My General Tubman&nbsp;</em>is a beautiful and exciting new play about the complex journey of Harriet Tubman and the impact she continues to have today. Check it out now thru 3/8! It&#39;s so easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 5, 17, 33, 48 or 57. Before you go - check out this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.iseptaphilly.com/perk/34">Perk</a>&nbsp;- it will save you $10!</p> Arden Theatre Company, North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink

This winter wonderland along the Delaware River is celebrating its 26th anniversary season! Don't miss the fire pits, game room, chalet-style lodge, food and beverages, confectionary cabin and — new this year! — the Winterfest Express train for kiddos to ride. Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33. Flash your SEPTA Key or SEPTA Pass to save 50% ($2) on admission! More info here!

20191129 00:00 20200309 00:00 America/New_York Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest <p>This <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-winterfest" rel="noopener" target="_blank">winter wonderland</a> along the Delaware River is celebrating its 26th anniversary season! Don&#39;t miss the fire pits, game room, chalet-style lodge, food and beverages, confectionary cabin and &mdash; new this year! &mdash; the Winterfest Express train for kiddos to ride. Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33. Flash your SEPTA Key or SEPTA Pass to save 50% ($2) on admission! More info <a href="https://www.iseptaphilly.com/perk/148">here</a>!</p> 121 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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