The Museum of Jewish Heritage is New York’s home for Holocaust education. Our tours and programs for school groups align with Common Core Standards and are adapted to meet the specific needs, interests, and backgrounds of different student groups.
The weekday fee for a school or youth group visit is $75 per group of up to 30 students and chaperones. During the week we are happy to reduce or waive admission fees and provide transportation for groups in need. All New York City public and charter school visits are free of charge but must be reserved in advance.
On Sundays, the fee for all school and youth groups is as follows: $7 per student and for every 10 students, one adult chaperone entry fee is $7. Each adult beyond the required chaperones is a fee of $10 per person.
Due to the high demand for group visits, full payment by check or credit card must be made no less than three weeks prior to your visit. A letter of confirmation and detailed instructions will be sent to you upon receipt of payment. Group visits that are cancelled less than three weeks in advance cannot be refunded. Should you have to cancel your tour at the last minute due to an emergency, we will do our best to reschedule your visit.
You may also want to hear a Holocaust survivor or World War II veteran speak as part of your visit to the Museum. To learn more about our Speakers Bureau, please click here. Be sure to make this request part of your school group reservation.
We ask that you fill out our online School & Youth Group Request Form so we can start planning your visit. Here are the special group tours we’re currently offering. (The Request Form also covers other important aspects of your visit.)
Meeting Hate with Humanity: Life During the Holocaust (available for grades 6-12)
Examine the impact of World War II and the Nazi genocide on Jewish lives and communities in Europe. Participants will explore issues of continuity of cultural identity, responsibility to community, and decision-making. This tour also includes an investigation of the ways in which individuals and nations responded, or failed to respond, to the crisis. Discussion of key events in this catastrophic period is preceded by an introduction to Jewish heritage and concludes with a conversation about social justice. Also available in ASL led by a deaf Museum Educator.
Highlights of the Museum Exhibition (available for grades 3-12)
Through this overview of 20th-century Jewish life, students get an opportunity to view some of the most treasured artifacts in our Museum. (When requesting this tour, please specify whether your group is prepared to visit the exhibitions on Holocaust history.)
Israel and the Diaspora (available for grades 6-12)
Examine the complex relationship between the two main centers of Jewish life: the United States and Israel. Explore how Jewish communities in each country have helped and benefited from each other, looking at Zionism, immigration, innovation, and diversity in Jewish life in the 20th century. Designed especially for Jewish day schools, the tour raises central questions about what it means to be a Jew in America today.
Love Thy Neighbor: Immigration and the U.S. Experience (available for grades 3-12)
Free teacher’s guide available here.
Learn about the Jewish immigrant experience in the United States through the exploration of language, work, community, and social activism. Throughout the tour, students are encouraged to make comparisons with other immigration experiences, as well as to think about challenges and opportunities. Middle and high school students will also consider immigration issues specifically related to the Holocaust. This tour is designed for students studying immigration in their social studies and/or U.S. history classes.
Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross (Special exhibition; available for grades 9-12)
Henryk Ross (1910-1991) was confined to the Lodz Ghetto in Poland in 1940, where he was to work for the Nazi Regime as bureaucratic photographer for the Jewish Administration’s Statistics Department. For nearly four years, Ross used his office position as a cover, endangering his own life to covertly document the lives of others. This exhibition reveals more than 200 of Ross’s photographs, supplemented by artifacts and testimony and presented in the context of Lodz Ghetto history. Like the survivor testimonies and artifacts in the Museum’s own collection, Ross’s photographs represent personal experiences of global significance. He committed acts of resistance to create a photographic record of a range of human experiences—from the perspective of a Jewish person deciding where to point his camera.
My House to Your House: Community Life from Generation to Generation (available for grades K-6)
Discover the role of family and community life in transmitting cultural heritage. Students will examine treasured objects and daily rituals, making connections between Jewish traditions and other traditions. This tour is designed as an introduction to Jewish heritage as well as the broader theme of cultural identity, and it provides a useful supplement to multicultural studies.