As a Museum that presents Jewish heritage and history of the 20th and 21st centuries, there is much to be explored and shared by children of all ages and backgrounds and their families.
Here is a brief overview of how families can experience the Museum together.
The first and third floor galleries (Jewish Life A Century Ago and Jewish Renewal) feature personal artifacts, photographs, stories, and videos that celebrate the richness of Jewish culture and traditions. These galleries provide an opportunity for families of all heritages to explore their own history, culture, and traditions. A free family guide is available for use on the first floor; please see description below.
Parents can shape a visit to the Museum by visiting the first and third floors (Jewish Life A Century Ago and Jewish Renewal) with younger children and by determining in advance the preparedness of their children for parts, or all, of the sensitive material on the second floor (The War Against the Jews). In general, the second floor is appropriate for children in the 6th grade and above.
Family Guide to First Floor
The Museum's free family guide, You are a Museum Detective. The Case: Looking for Heritage in All the Right Places, contains a tour of the first floor with Museum and at-home 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 admissions desk.
Voices of Liberty
Children can learn about immigration to the United States at the Museum’s award-winning Voices of Liberty. Set in a gallery with a spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty, the installation uses iTouch technology and is appropriate for children age 5 through adult. Visitors hear a soundscape composed of diverse voices—Holocaust survivors, refugees, and others who chose to make the United States their home. The sometimes emotional, often humorous, always meaningful testimonies tell the stories of arriving on these shores from the point of view of those who sought to build new lives here.
Special exhibitions cover a variety of topics. There is often a related web site that will give a sense of whether or not an exhibition will appeal to or be appropriate for children. For more information, call the admissions desk at 646.437.4202.
The Museum offers fun and educational public programs for families. Look for upcoming family programs on the Museums’ family calendar. Stay informed by receiving the Museum's Families @MJH e-mails -- find the sign up box in the right-hand column. You will receive a confirmation e-mail where you can select "Family Programs” for your mailing preferences.