The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will temporarily close as of Sunday, March 15 in order to support New York City’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Museum staff will work remotely during this period.

The current plan is to reopen the Museum when it becomes viable to do so. We will keep you informed.

This difficult decision reflects our commitment to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors as well as the larger community—and it is grounded in the Jewish principle of pikuach nefesh, which requires that we prioritize saving lives over all of our other obligations.

To accomplish this effectively, we must minimize gatherings and close the Museum. LOX at Cafe Bergson and the Pickman Museum Shop will also be closed.

If you purchased a ticket for an exhibition or public program held at the Museum during this closure period, it would be greatly appreciated if you would allow us to hold the value of your ticket purchase as a fully tax-deductible donation to the Museum. If you prefer to request a refund, please email, otherwise we will send you a tax letter in the coming weeks.

If you scheduled a group tour during this closure period, you will receive a separate email.

Rest assured that the Museum’s artifacts and buildings are being maintained and kept secure. Operational and security staff are remaining on site.

This is a challenging and stressful time for us all. Museum staff will be checking their email and phone lines and will respond to messages. For general inquiries, please contact

For teachers and parents looking to engage students who are now learning remotely or being homeschooled, the Museum offers online lesson plans and resources to help students stay engaged with their studies.

During this time, stay engaged with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and read our blog. Our YouTube channel features videos of previous programs, Holocaust survivor testimonies, and more.

We look forward to announcing the reopening of the Museum and rescheduling our programming. For updates, please check social media or this website.

Thank you for understanding and be well.