It is our pleasure to welcome you to The Jewish Museum, the preeminent museum in the United States devoted exclusively to art and Jewish culture. Whether you visit our home in the elegant Warburg mansion on New York City’s Museum Mile, or enjoy our collection and exhibitions online, you will find yourself on a journey through time and across continents.
Founded in 1904 with just 26 donated objects, the Museum has grown a thousand-fold, and its collections now comprise 27,000 items, ranging from archaeological artifacts to works by today’s cutting-edge artists. Whether hundreds of years old or newly created, each object collected or exhibited by the Museum embodies an aspect of a truly universal story: at once ancient and modern, global and local, material and spiritual.
A great place to start is our permanent exhibition, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey. It tells the story of the Jewish people through more than 800 works of art chosen from the Museum’s remarkably diverse holdings of paintings and sculpture; prints and drawings; installation art; decorative arts; antiquities; and media, including a uniquely comprehensive body of radio and television programs related to the Jewish experience.
The Jewish Museum’s wide-ranging collection of objects is just the starting point for a dynamic exploration of art and ideas. In Culture and Continuity and in our temporary exhibitions, we continually seek to answer two important and intriguing questions: How have the Jewish people been able to thrive for thousands of years, often in difficult and even tragic circumstances? What constitutes the essence of Jewish identity? Whether we’re exhibiting a 2,000-year-old ceremonial object or delving into the world of Jewish hip-hop; offering talks and performances for discerning adults; presenting The New York Jewish Film Festival; hosting a group tour; or introducing schoolchildren, teens and families to archaeology, music or art, those fascinating and essential questions provide visitors of all ages and backgrounds with a feast for the eyes, the heart and the mind.
Once you’ve explored this website, including our ever-expanding gallery of online features, e-cards and gifts from our online shop, please visit us at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street in New York City to continue your journey of discovery in person.
After you visit, we encourage you to consider supporting the Museum by becoming a member; benefits include free admission and so much more. We are deeply grateful to all our members and those who support us in other ways, making it possible for us to reach more people, both here in New York and around the world.