The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is a Smithsonian-affiliated museum at 101 South Independence Mall East (S. 5th Street) at Market Street in Center City Philadelphia. It was founded in 1976.Put National Museum of American Jewish History at the forefront of your travel plans using our Philadelphia trip itinerary maker tool.
In March 2020, The National Museum of American Jewish History filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, seeking relief from debt incurred by the construction of its Independence Mall home. The museum's debts included over $30 million to bondholders, and an additional $500,000 to unsecured creditors; at the time of the bankruptcy filing, the museum was paying 20% of its annual budget in interest payments. The filing followed several years of decreasing attendance, revenue, and fundraising. The museum's operations were not affected by the bankruptcy. The museum exited bankruptcy in September 2021.
In August 2020, following the signing ceremony for the Great American Outdoors Act in which President Donald Trump mispronounced the name of Yosemite National Park as "yo-semites", the museum's online gift shop experienced a surge in sales for a pre-existing, similarly phrased "Yo Semite" T-shirt. Sales of the shirt, which brought in $30,000 in the three days following Trump's statement and led to continued sales thereafter, provided unexpected international publicity and a financial lifeline to the museum.
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This is a wonderful place to visit. Lots of great exhibits to better understand the history, struggles and successes of the Jewish people. The RBG exhibit makes a visit worthwhile on its own. more »
We were walking back from lunch and saw the building. Went inside and found out it was free when we went. It’s four levels and goes in chronological order. There is a ton to see. Some of it seems... more »
It is good! Recommend going with family and friends or with a group because you can have fun laugh talk explore more and with extra pair of eyes you can see more things. more »
Lovely space. Went to see Sarah’s closet. Exceptional touching exhibit. The overall impact of building the exhibits space planning gift shop — are all exceptional. it’s just really a beautiful place where visit. Lots of history - very informative.
One of the best museums I've ever been to! Great place for both kids and adults... they have exhibits and artifacts and fun things for the kids to do to get involved. The layout was so clear and the quality of history was absolutely worth seeing. I highly recommend this museum to anybody! I could have spent way more time than just an hour here.
It was really interesting and their exhibits on the top flor changes every so often. This time it was the lady with the white closet. The writing was fun and was sometimes written in marker or was stickers. It was written by here daughter with was cool and had a lot of material to show. The rest of the museum was interesting and had a lot to see. Also, there were a lot of Hands on exhibits which was fabulous that was great for understanding. Overall, it was educational and interesting. I would go there again.
Very easy museum to visit. Logical way to move through it, very good but not excessive exhibits, good info provided. Good addition to the area attractions, and worth a visit if you are interested in the Jewish experience in America.
Well designed museum with well- compartmentalized exhibit areas and lots of interesting bits of history. This photo, though, is mislabelled. The stated year offs 1950... but can you see all the cars that were manufactured many years later? Back to the future!
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