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“Fantastic Overview of Jewish History!”

National Museum of American Jewish History
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Museum offers tickets for Adults (ages 22-64) $12, Youths (ages 13-21) $11, Children (12-under) free, Active Military (with ID) free, Seniors (65+) $11. This museum offers dynamic and always intriguing exhibits. The history and evolution of the American Jewish community from colonial times onward is chronicled.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 22 June 2014

We spent several hours touring room after room filled with Jewish history. There was a special baseball exhibit during our visit documenting the history of Jewish ball players. Don't miss this!

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Rooms of fascinating memorabilia plus the important message that baseball helped all immigrants and minorities assimilate into American culture. The game helped the waves of new arrivals understand American values and it provided a common interest. The exhibit also highlighted the challenges that Jewish and African American players faced in to enter the major leagues. I loved a quote by Jackie Robinson -- he asked nothing more of government than he asked of baseball: neither sympathy nor entitlement, but equal opportunity and a level playing field.

Kudos to the curators and thanks for also including some fun interactive activities.

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

A great visit. 4 floors follow the evolution of Jewish immigration, assimilation, and participation in American life. Numerous wonderful displays. Ellis Island and Jewish immigrant suitcases, an early typewriter that uses Hebrew characters, maps of the US with states and cities written in Hebrew, even Irving Berlin's piano on which he wrote many of his most famous tunes.

4 floors. But I said 5 in the title? When I visited, there was a special exhibition on the 5th floor: Baseball!! Saw Hank Greenberg's jersey, numerous baseballs signed by Jewish players (Sandy Koufax and Mo Green come to mind). Outlines of great players, managers, and owners who were also Jewish.

The entire museum was so very well done. Neither preachy nor pompous, neither alien nor condescending. Instead... completely, gently, thoughtfully effective in conveying the history of Jews in America starting from their countries of origin and extending through initial experiences and into dedicated involvement in every aspect of American life.

Highly recommend a visit here. More enjoyable than any of the Independence Center offerings.....

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

A wonderful museum, carefully laid out. Took a great docent tour. Need to go back and see everything we didn't have time for! Everything from New Amsterdam to recent history. Special exhibit on sportss

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

An informative and moving museum. Anyone who has ever been the victim of discrimination should visit here. The special exhibit we saw was called Chasing The Dream which showcases how baseball is part of the American dream of many minorities. Did you know the first Jews came to the US in 1654 from Brazil when the Portuguese took over the country from the Dutch and expelled the Jews and the Protestants? I didn't--just one of the new things I learned.

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