The Museum of Jewish Heritage offers a free family guide to its first floor. You are a Museum Detective. The Case: Looking for Heritage in All the Right Places contains engaging activities to help children of all backgrounds learn how to use artifacts to explore their own family’s heritage and traditions. The guide is suitable for ages 7-11 and available at the Ann & Abe Oster Welcome Desk in the lobby.
Parents and guardians can also shape a Museum experience for their young learners by touring the first and third floors of the Core Exhibition—the sections Jewish Life A Century Ago and Jewish Renewal—to explore the rich history of Jewish life and culture.
Please note that the second floor of the Core Exhibition, The War Against the Jews, contains sensitive material. All are welcome to tour this section devoted to Holocaust history; however, the Museum recommends deciding in advance whether children are prepared to encounter content of this nature. Visitors have found that the second floor is appropriate for a sixth-grade-or-beyond learning level, or after children have had an introduction to the history of the Holocaust in school.
To learn about which special exhibitions currently on view might be particularly suited to young learners, please visit the Ann & Abe Oster Welcome Desk or call 646.437.4202.
You can also learn more about upcoming Family Programs on our events page.
Welcome to Group Visits, where groups of 10 or more can make advance reservations and plan their Museum experience.
Gather your family, friends, or colleagues to take advantage of the following tour options for adult groups. Group visits must be booked in advance—and we’ll give you a 10% discount in our Pickman Museum Shop.
Looking to book a student or youth group tour? Please click here.
The following options are available for adult group visits:
- Self-guided visit, $10 per adult (compare to regular admission, $12)
A Museum staff person will greet you in the lobby with your tickets. You may then explore the galleries at your own pace. Audio guides may be reserved in advance. In the award-winning English version of the audio tour, the voices of Meryl Streep and Itzhak Perlman guide you through an in-depth exploration of the Core exhibition. Audio tours are also available in Spanish, French, German, Hebrew, Russian, and Japanese.
- Facilitated visit, $12 per adult
An expert Gallery Educator will guide your group through the galleries and be on-hand to answer questions and enrich your experience.
- Guided tour programs, $14 per adult
An expert Gallery Educator will lead a structured program in the Core Exhibition and/or special exhibition galleries of the Museum. He or she will highlight some of the Museum’s most significant artifacts and help you learn about the scope of the Museum’s collections. Thematic tours are available based upon your group’s particular interests. (One Gallery Educator is assigned to each group of 20.)
The Museum is happy to provide assisted listening devices for guided tours. Please try to reserve them in advance. For more information on our Access Services, please click here.
With three weeks’ notice, the Museum can offer guided tours led in ASL by deaf Museum Educators.
Don’t forget to ask us about meal options including boxed kosher lunches.