National Museum of American Jewish History

National Museum of American Jewish History
Established 1976 (1976)
Location Philadelphia
President Michael Rosenzweig

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is a Smithsonian- affiliated museum in Center City Philadelphia, located on Independence Mall within the Independence National Historical Park.



With its founding in 1976 the 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) museum shared a building with the Congregation Mikveh Israel.[1]

In 2005, it was announced that the museum would be moved to a new building to be built at Fifth Street and Market Street on the Independence Mall. The site was originally owned by CBS' KYW radio and KYW-TV. The project broke ground on September 30, 2007.[2] The 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) glass and terra-cotta building was designed by James Polshek and includes an atrium, a 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) area for exhibits, a Center for Jewish Education, and a theater.[3] The project, including endowment, cost $150 million.[4] The opening ceremony was held November 14, 2010 and was attended by over 1,000 people including Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Michael Nutter, Governor Ed Rendell, and Rabbi Irving Greenberg.[5] The building opened to the public November 26, 2010.[5]


Exhibits use pieces from the museum's collection which includes over 20,000 objects and ranges from the Colonial period to the present day.[6] Exhibits focus on Jews in America. Professor Jonathan Sarna of Brandeis University led the development of the core exhibit for the museum.

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Coordinates: 39°57′01″N 75°08′55″W / 39.950288°N 75.148593°W / 39.950288; -75.148593

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