Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City

4.4
Take an educational, sobering look at the Jewish people who died in the Holocaust at Museum of Jewish Heritage. This large museum features a collection of more than 25,000 items related to the tragic time period, including photographs and documentary films. Learn about the Jewish lifestyle in the late 19th and early 20th centuries before exploring the collection that delves into World War II. Using artifacts, historical footage, and testimonies speaking of terrible hatred and violence, experience the war from the viewpoint of the Jews who lived through it. Finish your visit in the Garden of Stones, where trees were planted by Holocaust survivors and their families. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to New York City fast, fun, and easy.
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  • The museum is very well done and nicely laid out. The section that focuses on the Holocaust gives a great history lesson and and a reminder.  more »
  • I was surprised to find this excellent Museum with an exhibit that has left me speechless! There are 2 Holocaust survivors to whom you can pose questions and receive immediate answers! The methods use...  more »
  • I booked a room at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park over a weekend in town to visit my family. As an early riser I was ready well before my sister and her family so I did a quick search for an activity n...  more »
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  • Artifacts well-organized (by floor), friendly staff, gorgeous view of the park at the end. Would come again. I wish the exhibits had explored the massive corporate financial success of the Jewish immigrants who coordinated with their European counterparts and each other (in large part through family ties) to compete with the gentile firms in financing the US industrial and war machine of the early 20th century. This seems far too important and relevant, considering the museum is in the financial district, to be touched on so inadequately in the exhibits.
  • The museum had a decent enough set of artifacts and exhibits. It also was educational enough. I️ would rate it 4stars on those features by themselves. However, during my visit, I️ was with a student doing a specific school project. As we were examining the exhibits we kept encountering guided tours. The tour groups and tour guides themselves had no concern for individual visitors. As we were viewing a specific item the tour guides would simply steamroll us out of that space. One guide in particular was obnoxiously loud. We could not even concentrate to read the materials over his voice. More consideration needs to be paid to individual visitors.
  • The museum is beautiful, the staff extremely pleasant, but I found the name itself misleading... was expecting a museum with lots of artifacts and historical treasures dating back thousands of years, and although there was a precious few (3rd floor, Israel exhibit), there was basically no data, wholly disappointing, as if the Jewish nation was born in 1850. May as well call it the museum of the Jews in the 20th century. Perhaps in some third world country this would be fascinating, but living in N.Y.C I see plenty of modern Jews around me, I don't need to visit a museum for that. I also found it insensitive for the Torah scrolls to be displayed in a way which is considered humiliating according to the traditions of the creators of these scrolls.
  • The core exhibit starts with the Jewish life that was and then moved forward. I especially liked the virtual conversation with a survivor and of course the special visits were indeed special! Then we had dinner at Lox, the most excellent cafe looking out at the stature of Liberty, I recommend you take the time and brave the weather to go to this museum!
  • Meh. It's a confusing walk through and the map doesn't help. Once you're in, you're in it seems. There wasn't a soul who worked there walking through the galleries to help find your way or make the screaming child leave or shut up. It truly wasn't what I was expecting. I left midly disappointed, but glad I went on a free day. There are heartbreaking videos to watch and that was the bulk of the exhibits. There were plenty of family mementos with tidbits about them. It was sad, yes, but my experience was ruined by confusion, getting trapped in nothingness on the 3rd floor which was creepy, the screaming children on the 2nd floor, and the poor experience in the overpriced cafe.

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