Visit us At 5th and Market Streets on Independence Mall


K-12 and Preschool

Situated on Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall - just a block from the Liberty Bell - the National Museum of American Jewish History offers a range of uniquely engaging and interactive visits for students of every age. NMAJH presents educational programs featuring primary sources and original artifacts that inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire.
Numerous research studies demonstrate measurable benefits associated with integrating a museum experience into the classroom curriculum. NMAJH offers students an interdisciplinary and inquiry-based museum experience that builds on school curricula and enriches their lives. Our educational activities are aligned with the Common Core and National Standards in Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Civics, and Government.

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

Scholarship and Transportation Compensation

NMAJH is committed to making our educational programs available to all schoolchildren regardless of financial means. Title I schools and schools with financial need are eligible to receive a scholarship to cover the cost of admission and transportation. The program is made possible by the generous support of individual, foundation, and corporate donors.

The scholarship application form is available at

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  

Book your visit! See pricing below. Lunch space may be available with advance registration. 

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 guided activity.
Up to 100 students.
One chaperone per 10 students required. Chaperones receive complimentary admission.*
Youth group ticket $12 per camperPrice includes admission and guided activity.
Up to 100 children.
One chaperone per 10 children. Chaperones receive complimentary admission.*
Traveling Museum—
we come to you!
$150, additional sessions $50Fees: $150. Each additional presentation on the same day - $50. An additional travel fee may be charged based on the distance from the Museum. Up to 4 presentations. Up to 35 participants per presentation.


*Please note: There is a cost associated with additional chaperones.  For groups larger than the limit please contact us.


Our object-based lessons provide students with opportunities to develop skills in comprehension and critical thinking through close engagement with primary documents, historic artifacts, maps, and interactive visual and audio displays. Through active learning outside of a formal classroom, students learn to observe, listen, and participate effectively in group discussions. These lessons can serve as compelling topics for project-based curricula and individual research projects.

Each educational program is about 90 minutes. Please allow at least two hours total for your Museum visit.

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 

Featured Programs

Content for all programs can be adjusted for different grade levels and curricular needs
The Spirit of NMAJH Word Game (for grades 4 and up)

Discover some of the key stories featured in the Museum’s core exhibition through an interactive word game. Learn about community, identity, innovation, immigration, labor, culture, and family life in American Jewish history. The game offers a great overview of the Museum.
In their Shoes: Three Generations of Dreamers and Doers (for grades 4-6)

Imagine what life was like in colonial America, during westward expansion, and during the period of mass migration to the US through object exploration and hands-on activities.
Becoming American: History of Immigration 1880s-1924 (for grades 4 and up)
Delve into the life of the American immigrant at the turn of the 20th century, connecting individual experiences to the larger context of American history. Designed to introduce students to primary sources and develop their critical thinking skills, the program includes a hands-on lesson in your classroom (Traveling Suitcase) and a visit to the Museum.
Traveling Suitcase
The Traveling Suitcase is designed to support and enhance the visit to the Museum for the Becoming American program. It also can be reserved as a stand-alone program.
A Museum educator visits classrooms (in person or virtually) and conducts a lesson that explores the importance of everyday objects in learning about the past. The lesson introduces some of the main concepts pertaining to the immigration of people of Jewish heritage from Eastern Europe and Russia and introduces students to the practice of examining and analyzing primary source historical artifacts and documents. Students get a chance to experience how historians and museum staff use artifacts to complete research and tell stories through exhibitions.
Unique Promise and Imperfect Freedom: Religion and Civil Rights in America from 1654 to the Present (for grades 6 and up)
Explore stories of American Jews as they faced discrimination and achieved victories in the name of tolerance and acceptance, from the colonial period through the 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.
Through a partnership with the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, students can meet with a Holocaust survivor after their tour.

Values in Action (for grades 6 and up)
Responsibility. Integrity. Honor. Honesty. Respect. How do the values we believe in affect our actions?  Explore the lives of ordinary women and men in history who were determined to live according to their 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 (for grades 9 and up)
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.


Bring your students for a stimulating and rich sensory experience in a child-friendly environment! Through stimulating field trips and a variety of educational programs, the Museum provides the types of learning experiences that contribute to the social, cognitive, and emotional development of young children. Visit or email us for more information.
Groups are limited to 30 students.  Please inquire about accommodations for larger groups.

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


Please check back for more information about future special exhibition education programs.


The National History Day


NMAJH is proud to be a part of National History Day.  For the 2015-2016 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.

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.

For Special Needs Students

We are committed to ensuring that the opportunity to learn from our collection is available to all. Therefore, we offer tours that are customized to students’ levels of comfort and ability, both physical and cognitive. Experienced docents are available to facilitate these tours and activities. We will work with you to adjust our programs to your students’ needs.

 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.

Long Distance Opportunities

Bring the Museum to Your Classroom: Traveling and Virtual Lectures Series
We are pleased to bring the excitement of the Museum directly to your community and inspire your students to further explore the Museum’s collection in-person or online. Museum educators are available to visit your classroom in-person or virtually (via videoconference). We also offer Teacher Kits filled with lesson plans and resources. Contact us at for more information!
Professional Development for Educators

Meet, brainstorm, and work collaboratively with fellow educators to identify best practices in designing learning experiences for your students.  Our workshops offer practical ideas for object-based learning that supports targeted standards and Common Core learning objectives. We aim to make the NMAJH experience an integral part of your teaching and to provide resources you can use in the classroom.
NMAJH workshops are FREE with required advanced registration.
For the current schedule please visit or call Vera DaVinci at 215-923-3811 x118.