Address & PhoneJewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave (at 92nd St)
New York City, New York 10128
HoursClosed for major jewish holidays.
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"The Jewish Museum is a major American art museum, but also the largest Jewish museum in the Western hemisphere. Art is its primary medium of communication; yet the Museum's permanent exhibition presents, within an historical context, the multiple facets of Jewish identity as it has emerged during more than four millenia."
At The Museum
by Jason Wiggins
The Jewish Museum, located on the same avenue of culture as the Met, Guggenheim and Cooper-Hewitt, has a design style different from many other museums. The towers and windows make the building look, ironically, like a Gothic church, much different from the buildings next door, which are mostly plain and square. There is more to the Jewish Museum than meets the eye; unlike many other museums on Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum takes up all of the floor of its building. The galleries are arranged in a circuitous style which allows for a lot of material to be put on display and makes floor plans a necessity.
The permanent exhibit, located on the top two floors, presents the history of the Jewish people starting more than four thousand years ago. Since the exhibit is presented in chronological order, it makes the most sense to start at the beginning on the fourth floor and walk your way down through time.
The museum provides a large amount of information to explain the cultural and historical significance of the artifacts and artwork on display and makes for a wonderful learning experience. A curious visitor would most likely spend three or four hours seeing all of the galleries at this museum.