The National Museum of American Jewish History
“It’s Your Story” – National Museum of American Jewish History
The new National Museum of American Jewish History (www.nmajh.org), opening in November 2010, is dedicated to telling the still-unfolding story of Jews in America, who embraced freedom with its choices and challenges as they shaped and were shaped by our nation. The Museum envisions its new home as a place that welcomes all people, inviting them to discover what they have in common with the Jewish experience in America, as well as to explore the features that make this history distinctive. Rising five stories above Independence Mall, in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History will join Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell and other landmarks at the hallowed site of America’s birth. There could not be a more fitting place for a museum that will explore the promise and challenges of liberty through the lends of the American Jewish experience.
The museum was founded during the wave of museum-building in Philadelphia surrounding the 1976 Bicentennial celebration. The Museum’s collection, numbering only 40 objects in its first year, has grown to more than 20,000 artifacts, some dating back more than 300 years.
The National Museum of American Jewish History hosted a Grand Opening Weekend, Nov. 12-14, 2010 headlined by entertainers Bette Midler and Jerry Seinfeld. Barbra Streisand also attended the opening festivities. The museum officially opened to the public on Friday, November 26, 2010.