The Jewish Museum in Manhattan’s Upper East Side is one of the world’s leading museums of Jewish art and culture.
The permanent collection and exhibitions document 4,000 years of Jewish history around the world.
Spain’s historic Jewish community played an important role in the Spanish Golden Age when Jews, Christians, and Muslims together developed one of the world’s most advanced societies in that era. They left a cultural legacy that remains a cornerstone of Western Civilization.
New York City’s Jewish community has played a major role in creating American cultural traditions that we don’t even think of as Jewish. Many American traditions of the United States, started in the Jewish communities of New York City’s Lower East Side.
The Jewish diaspora is everywhere in the world. It is notable how many great Latin artists and thinkers are Jewish.
Conversations around Jewish identity have special relevance in our era of mass migration. The Jewish people are some of the world’s most experienced migrants. Many of the museum’s exhibitions thoughtfully consider issues of migration and assimilation.
Many old Jewish neighborhoods in New York City are Hispanic neighborhoods today. We grew up together in East Harlem (El Barrio), the Lower East Side (Loisada), The Bronx, and Brooklyn.
The Jewish Museum co-produces the annual New York Jewish Film Festival with Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Exhibitions of Latin Culture at the Jewish Museum
Modigliani Unmasked is an exhibition of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani’s early drawings from September 15, 2017 – February 4, 2018.
Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist shows works by the artist best known for his geometric gardens and the boardwalk of Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach May 6 – September 18, 2016.
Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design shows the work of the French architect and interior designer for the cultural elite in Paris and New York in the years leading up to World War II. November 4, 2016 – March 26, 2017.
There is free admission and a performance by Banda de los Muertos, NYC’s own Banda band (Mexican brass band), during the annual Museum Mile Festival Tuesday, June 12, 2017 from 6-9pm.
Sights and Sounds: Argentina: presents the work of contemporary Argentine video artists September 25 – October 29, 2015.
Sights and Sounds: Colombia explores the gap between the country’s cheery tourism campaign and the vestiges of violence from the 1980s through video artists, November 27 – December 31, 2015.
Sights and Sounds: Mexico explores the ways Mexican video artists are responding to the social, political, and economic changes sweeping Mexico and Latin America February 27 – March 26, 2015.
Sights and Sounds: Cuba considers the existential question of whether to stay or to leave through the eyes of Cuban and Florida Cuban video artists June 26 – July 30, 2015.
The History of the Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum was founded in 1904 in the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Visiting the Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave (at 92nd St)
New York, NY 10128
Thursday 11am-8pm (pay-what-you-wish from 5-8pm)
Friday – Tuesday 11am-5:45pm
Seniors (65+) $12
Children (18-) Free
Admission is free on Saturdays.
The Museum is closed on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.
Admission is free on these Jewish holidays:
- Sukkot: October 5 and 6, 2017
- Shemini Atzeret: October 12, 2017
- Simchat Torah: October 13, 2017
- Passover: March 31, and April 1, 6 and 7, 2018
- Shavuot: May 20 and 21, 2018
Russ & Daughters at The Jewish Museum
If you don’t know Jewish cuisine, try the Russ & Daughters restaurant at the museum. We recommend The Classic board with a bialy. A bialy is the same dough as a bagel, but baked differently. Yummy!
The restaurant is generally open 11am – 4pm.
You can also make a reservation for the Saturday prepaid, prix fixe Kosher brunch.
For more information, visit www.TheJewishMuseum.org