The following information can help you plan your family’s memorable visit to the Museum. Be sure to check our schedule of family programs as well. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.437.4202.
Museum admission is free for families from February 16 – 25. Free daily walk-up tours will be offered. Check this page for tour schedules and other updates.
First Floor of the Core Exhibition & Children’s Activity Guide
The first floor of the Museum’s Core Exhibition, Jewish Life a Century Ago, celebrates the rich history of Jewish life and culture before World War II. The Museum offers a free guide for children ages 7 – 11 that contains engaging activities to help children of all backgrounds learn how to use artifacts to explore their own family’s heritage and traditions. Please request this free guide at the Ann & Abe Oster Welcome Desk in the main lobby.
Second Floor of the Core Exhibition
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.
Special Exhibitions and Installations
Temporary exhibitions and installations are found throughout the year on the third floor of the Museum.
The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm is suitable for young people and their parents. This installation, found in the Overlook Gallery on the third floor, features an 18-minute documentary presented by HBO and the Museum, as well as art and animation used in the film. Watch the film’s trailer here.
Children ages 8 and up are as engaged with New Dimensions in Testimony℠ as adults are. This installation offers an opportunity to have a virtual conversation with a Holocaust survivor through the use of cutting edge technology. The video below shows a young visitor interacting with Eva Schloss, one of the two survivors featured in New Dimensions in Testimony.
The Museum presents engaging programs for younger family members and their caregivers throughout the year. All are welcome. Learn more about specific family programs on our events page.