Booking a Visit
Tell us about your group by completing this form or contacting the Group Services office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.923.3811 x 141 so that we may help you plan an informative and engaging visit.
Additionally, be sure to check out the programs and lectures the Museum may be offering during your visit, as well as other cultural add-ons that you make wish to take advantage of.
Tour Options for Group Visits
Group visits may include guided tours or self guided visit experiences. Guided tours are available for additional fee. The Museum is offers various tour types to suit your group. Please review the tours below and let your Group Service Associate know which tour your group prefers.
Geared to first-time visitors to the Museum, this docent-led tour offers an overview of 350 years of the American Jewish experience from 1654 to the present. Covering all three floors of the Core Exhibition, explore key artifacts and stories in the context of the ongoing challenges and opportunities presented by unprecedented freedom. This is a great way to become oriented on the Exhibition’s many galleries, objects, films and interactive components before returning with friends and family or scheduling one of the more focused tours below.
Women in American Jewish History Tour
This tour enables visitors to explore the changing roles of women over 350 years of American Jewish history, as well as the contributions they made to Jewish and American life from the 17th century to today. Notables include Abigail Franks, Rebecca Gratz, Henrietta Szold, Emma Goldman, and Betty Friedan.
American Jews and American Law Tour
From the tenets of Jewish liturgy that helped shape America’s Constitution, to the contributions of American Jews who fought to uphold American principles of freedom and justice, this tour offers profound insights into the American Jewish experience, while encountering individuals such as Commodore Uriah Levy, Rose Schneiderman, Louis Brandeis, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Single Floor Tours
Groups who have experienced the docent-led Introductory Tour of the 3-floor Core Exhibition may wish to return for an in-depth look at a more concentrated period of time. We are currently offering:
The Foundations of Freedom Tour: This tour of the 4th Floor covers the period from 1654 to 1880 and includes such engaging stories as the first 23 Jews to arrive on these shores, their lives in the early colonies, the role of Jews in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and changes in the Jewish Community during America’s Westward expansion. Individuals encountered on this journey include George Washington, Rebecca Gratz, Levi Strauss and Ulysses S. Grant. Even experienced history buffs have a lot to learn on this tour.
The Dreams of Freedom Tour: From the Museum's award-winning Dreams of Freedom media piece to the shirt-waist factory installation, the 3rd Floor galleries present an engrossing view of the opportunities and challenges facing European immigrants who entered American life between 1880 and 1924. The second part of the floor takes one from World War I through the Holocaust and World War II and covers an entertaining and dramatic array of stories, including the trial of Leo Frank, the Jewish moguls in Hollywood, Louis Brandeis’ role as Zionist spokesman and the U.S. State Department’s actions during the Holocaust.
Women’s Journeys: Coming to America as a Bride
Inspired by One Book One Philadelphia’s current read, The Buddha in the Attic, the tour focuses on the American Jewish experience through a unique lens that highlights immigration encounters from a variety of women’s perspectives. Like the Japanese brides whose stories are told in the book, many Jewish women came to America because of arranged marriages. The tour explores the stories of how they navigated a new language and an unfamiliar culture, and their efforts to connect their children with the Jewish heritage and culture.
For more information on the One Book, One Philadelphia program visit http://www.freelibrary.org/onebook/obop13/