BOOKING A VISIT
Tell us about your group by completing this form, or contact the Group Services office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.923.3811 x 141 so that we may help you plan an informative and engaging visit.
Group visits may be self-guided or, for an additional fee, your group may enjoy a guided tour led by one of our experienced docents. You can review the various types of tour available below. Additionally, you may wish to check whether the Museum will be offering any special programs and lectures on the day of your visit, or whether other cultural add-ons are available that your group might also wish to take advantage of.
GUIDED TOUR OPTIONS
Please note that the tours listed below are designed for adult and family groups. For guided activities and lessons for school and camp groups, please visit the Education pages.
Geared to and highly recommended for first-time visitors to the Museum, this 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, the tour explores key artifacts and stories in the context of the ongoing challenges and opportunities presented by unprecedented freedom. This is a great way for visitors to become oriented to the Museum’s many galleries, objects, films, and interactive components.
Women in American Jewish History Tour
This tour explores 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. Notable women featured 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 examining individuals such as Commodore Uriah Levy, Rose Schneiderman, Louis Brandeis, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Groups who have experienced the Introductory Tour, exploring all three floors of the Core Exhibition, may wish to return for an in-depth look at a single floor, concentrated on a particular period of time. The following options are available:
The Foundations of Freedom Tour
This tour of the 4th Floor (the first floor of the Core) covers the period from 1654 to 1880, and includes such engaging stories as the first 23 Jews to arrive on these shores and 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 may learn a lot on this tour!
The Dreams of Freedom Tour
This tour of the 3rd Floor examines the period from 1880 to 1945. From our award-winning "Dreams of Freedom" media piece to the shirt-waist factory installation, the early galleries present an engrossing view of the opportunities and challenges facing European immigrants who entered American life between 1880 and 1924. The latter galleries cover World War I through the Holocaust and World War II, and offer an array of stories both entertaining and disturbing, 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.
Tours of Special Exhibitions
Guided tours focusing on any special exhibition currently on view may be available. Please inquire when you reach out to Group Services.