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K-12 and Preschool

Numerous research studies demonstrate measurable benefits associated with integrating a museum experience with the classroom curriculum. NMAJH offers students an interdisciplinary and inquiry-based museum experience that builds on school curriculum and enriches their lives. Our educational activities are aligned to and support the National and PA Common Core in Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Civics and Government.

Need more information? Please contact the Education Department at 215-923-3811 x 153 or

Planning your Visit

Situated at an easily accessible location on Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, NMAJH offers a range of uniquely engaging, interactive visits and field trips for students of every age.

For more information and to start planning your visit, please 

use our convenient ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM or contact Group Services at 215-923-3811 x 141 or email  


Pricing (Title I schools and schools with financial need are eligible to receive a scholarship to cover the costs of admission and transportation.)

Preschool group ticket$6 per studentPrice includes admission, guided lesson, and an optional arts & crafts activity.
Up to 30 students. 
One chaperone per 5 students. Chaperones receive complimentary admission.*
Grades K-12 ticket      $12 per studentPrice includes admission and a guided activity.
Up to 100 students.
One chaperone per 10 students required. Chaperones receive complimentary admission.*
Camp group ticket $12 per camperPrice includes admission and a guided activity.
Up to 100 campers.
One chaperone per 10 campers required. Chaperones receive complimentary admission.*
Courageous Choices Special Student Event. Please contact for details.  
Virtual Lesson (video conference)Please contact for details.  


*Please note: There is a cost associated with additional chaperones.  

Lunch space may be available with advance registration.
To download and print our scholarship form, click here



Below, you will find educational programs and activities available at the Museum. Please choose a program and bring your class for a visit that they’ll never forget. Our object-based lessons provide students with opportunities to develop skills in reading, understanding, interpreting, and responding to informational text through close engagement with primary documents, historic artifacts, maps, and interactive visual and audio displays. They also learn to observe, listen, and share responses as individuals or in group discussions. These lessons can serve as compelling topics for project-based curricula and individual research projects.

To see how a Museum visit may support Common Core and the national and Pennsylvania standards in Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Civics, and Government or to see the specific curriculum connection of an individual program, please contact

Museum Lessons and ActivitiesPresch K-56-89-12College
In their Shoes    
Coming to America   
Becoming American   
Notable American Jews   
The Spirit of NMAJH 
Unique Promise and Imperfect Freedom  
Values in Action  
To Bigotry No Sanction    
Circles & Squares: Shapes in the Museum    
Travel & Transportation    
Family, Memories, and Traditions    
Summer Camp activities 

In their Shoes: Three Generations of Dreamers and Doers

Imagine what life was like in Colonial America, during westward expansion, and during the period of mass migration to the U.S. through object exploration and hands-on activities.

Coming to America, 1880-1924

Learn about immigration at the turn of the twentieth century by bringing to life the various stages of an immigrant experience: travel; arrival; learning new customs; deciding where to live, work, and study; adjusting to a new social and cultural environment; and migrating beyond the port of arrival.

For details click here

Becoming American: Immigration History from the 1880s-1920s

Offers students an exciting way to learn the history of immigration to the United States at the turn of the last century. Geared towards fifth grade and older, this program brings to life the various stages of an immigrant’s experience within the larger context of U.S. history. Becoming American is designed to introduce students to primary sources and develop their critical thinking skills, beginning with a hands-on lesson in your classroom (led by a Museum educator) followed by a visit to the Museum. Thanks to donor support, the program is available at no cost to students in Philadelphia public and charter schools.

For details click here  

Notable American Jews

Discover the personal stories of individuals who made significant contributions to American life.

The Spirit of NMAJH word game

A word game comprised of 18 questions highlighting stories that convey some of the key themes of the Museum’s core exhibition. These include community, identity, innovation, immigration, labor, culture, and family life. The game is a great device to provide a general overview of the Museum.

Unique Promise and Imperfect Freedom: America’s History of Racial Tolerance

Explore stories of the American Jews as they fought discrimination and won victories in the name of tolerance and acceptance from the Colonial period through present day. Place their experiences and actions in the larger context of America’s enduring legacies and ongoing struggles with religious, ethnic, and racial freedom.

Values in Action

Explore the Museum through a unique lens: how values affect actions. Learn about ordinary women and men who were determined to live according to their high ideals. This activity motivates students to think about how they can put their own values into action in relationships with others and as members of society.

To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom in Early American History

Beginning with the first Jews to permanently settle in America in 1654, and culminating in the 1880s, this tour raises questions about what it meant to be a small minority in a young and still evolving nation. Its content revolves around the historic correspondence (on view in the Museum) between the nation's first president and the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island.


A place for enjoyable field trips, the Museum provides a learning environment that contributes to social, cognitive and emotional development of young children. Through the use of developmentally appropriate activities, our Preschool Program connects young children to history. Children listen to a story, observe related Museum artifacts, play with interactive exhibits, and create projects that extend their experience.

We welcome the opportunity to plan a tour tailored specifically to your class interests and goals.  Please choose a program and bring your class for a visit that they’ll never forget.

For more information and to start planning your visit, please contact


Circles & Squares: Shapes in the Museum   

Enhance preschoolers’ ability to recognize and distinguish circles and squares in objects both in and outside of the Museum through a series of activities including an interactive reading, an exploration of the galleries, and an arts and crafts project.

Travels & Transportation
Interactive reading, gallery exploration, and arts and crafts will engage preschoolers with an exploration of various forms of transportation. They will learn about how transportation has developed and changed through time and discuss some of the reasons people have to travel.

Family, Memories, & Traditions 
Explore the ideas of family memory, traditions, and cultural diversity. Through an interactive exhibit and an exploration of the galleries, preschoolers will learn about Jewish immigration to the United States and engage with family stories and traditions that were carried from generation to generation.

For more information and to start planning your visit, please contact


April 1 - August 2, 2015
Richard Avedon: Family Affairs    
From the Collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.  


The National History Day


NMAJH is proud to be a part of National History Day.  For the 2014-2015 school year, National History Day invited students to research topics related to the theme Leadership and Legacy in History.  Examples of leadership can be found almost anywhere- in the military, politics, government, communities, social movements, or in fields such as science, the arts, education, religion and economics.

The theme for 2015-2016 is Migration and Movement in History: People, Places, and Ideas.

For more information on NMAJH's participation in The National History Day, please contact Vera DaVinci at or 215-923-3811 x 118.

Museum Event: Courageous Choices – Finding Your Creative Voice


Available upon request. 
Next date: June 5, 2015

This special Museum event offers an interactive museum exploration that highlights the lives of American Jews who overcame obstacles and found their creative voice. It is followed by a dynamic theatrical performance of 1 Pound, 4 Ounces created and performed by award-winning actor, dancer, and instructor Khalil Munir.

The content of Courageous Choices is aligned to Common Core and National Social Studies and History Standards. Students will analyze and interpret documents, museum text, and a performance in order to develop an understanding of contemporary and historical figures who exemplify the principles of American values and freedom.

Recommended for grades 6 and up.

A Philadelphia native, Munir chose the arts as a path away from despair and misfortune. 1 Pound 4 Ounces is the riveting one-man show combining impassioned storytelling with music and improvisational tap dance. Having overcome adversities including a broken home marred by drugs and incarceration, as well as devastating childhood learning hurdles, Munir has conquered that and much more, emerging as an artistic risk-taker and respected role model.

For more information and to schedule an event, contact us at or call Vera DaVinci at 215 923 3811 x 118.

Scholarship funding is available for financially eligible schools.


We strive to ensure that the opportunity to learn from our collection is available to all; therefore, we offer tours that are customized to the students’ level of comfort and ability, both physical and cognitive. Experienced docents are available to facilitate these tours and activities.

 Please refer to our K-12 Lessons and Activities to choose a program. We will work with you to adjust the program to your group's needs.