Established in 1976, and situated on Philadelphia's Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History is the only Museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to collecting, preserving and interpreting artifacts pertaining to the American Jewish experience.
The Museum serves as an important resource for information about Jewish life and culture, exposing visitors to American Jewish history through its changing exhibitions and complementary programming. The Museum's collection, numbering only 40 objects in its first year, has grown to more than 10,000 artifacts which resonate with the history of more than 300 years of American Jewish life. The Museum annually attracts over 40,000 individuals, one third of whom are not Jewish. Visitors come from the Greater Philadelphia region, which includes Philadelphia and its suburbs, New Jersey and Delaware, as well as from throughout the United States and countries around the world.
The Museum is committed to serving audiences of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. In the interest of broadening its audience, the Museum presents programs exploring not only Jewish life but also issues of American ethnic identity, history, art and culture, often in conjunction with co-sponsors. Program co-sponsors have included the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, People's Light and Theatre Company, University of the Arts and WOMEN'S WAY.
By focusing on the particular experiences of one ethnic group and its relationship with the larger society, the Museum illuminates ethnicity in American life. Its location at the birthplace of American liberty is ideal for an institution that celebrates the freedoms that have made it possible for Jewish Americans to flourish.
The Museum shares its location with historic Congregation Mikveh Israel, one of the first organized Jewish congregations in this country, and is known as the "Synagogue of the American Revolution."
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The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is constructing a new 5 story facility on Independence Mall, Philadelphia, across from the Liberty Bell. Proceeds will support this project.
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