National Museum of American Jewish History
44 N. 4th St., 215/922-5446,
HOURS: Mon.–Thurs. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m.
COST: $4 adult and senior, $3 student and child 6 and over, free child under 6 and member
The National Museum of American Jewish History aims to encapsulate the experience of Jews in America. Exhibits and artifacts celebrate and explore Jewish culture, negotiating immigrant identity in a new country, and the experience of Philadelphia Jews.
The small museum attached to the Mikveh Israel Cemetery has been one of the more obscure stops on the Philly tourist circuit, but that is all likely to change soon. It is moving into a new, modern facility in a prominent location on Independence Mall (55 N. 5th St., 215/923-3811, www.nmajh.org) just across the street from the Liberty Bell.
The opening is slated for Independence Day 2010, and the new space will feature five floors of interactive exhibition space and the nation’s largest collection of Jewish American memorabilia.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition