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Visiting the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH)

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One of the newest museums in historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History has rotating exhibits of American Jewish history from original documents, photographs and letters. There is a letter from George Washington thanking the Jewish community. The museum is organized by era, so start from the top and work your way down. This unique story of the contribution of the Jewish community to the American experience will provide a different point of view from the stories of the Founding Fathers across the street on the Independence Mall.


Please note, the museum has a new 'Let Freedom Ring' exhibition and is offering free admission the entire month of August 2019. 

Adult: $12

Youth/Senior: $11

Active Military/Under 12: Free

While advance tickets are available for purchase, walk-in tickets can always be accommodated. Advance tickets will state 10am, but that is only because it is the opening time of the museum. You may enter at any time that day.

Insider Tip: There are a number of free ticket opportunities throughout the year, so we recommend checking their website often. 


The museum recommends about 2 hours to visit the exhibits. If you'd like a highlight visit, guided tours are offered daily at 1130am and 230pm and these are about one hour long. Spaces on these tours are limited to first come/first serve.


There is security to enter the building, so keep that in mind in your timing. Luggage, tripods, and weapons (including small switchblades) are not allowed. There is a coatroom for large bags and food/drink.


Monday-Wednesday: 10:00am- 5:00pm

Thursday: 10:00am-7:00pm

Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am - 5:30pm

The museum is CLOSED on:

New Year’s Day
Passover (first day)
Rosh Hashanah (first day)
Yom Kippur
Thanksgiving Day

The Museum closes at 3:00pm on:

Christmas Eve
Erev Passover
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Erev Yom Kippur

The museum is open on all other Jewish holidays unless they fall on a Monday.


The museum is located on the corner of 5th and Market Streets.

101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2517

SEPTA Stop: Market-Frankford

Parking: While the museum does not have its own dedicated lot, the Philadelphia Bourse lot is one block south. It has recently been offering a discounted parking rate for tickets validated at the NMAJH.

About The Author

Jenn H

Jenn is a born Jersey girl that grew up “across the Ben” but has Philly in her heart and history in her blood. She went to Washington & Jefferson College in the Pittsburgh area. Yes her college mascots were two guys in white wigs! Jenn came back to Philly to get her M.A. in Museum Studies. Happily worked at the city history museum but came outside for some fresh air as a tour guide. Jenn has been part of the FTBF team since March 2011.
Updated: September 27th, 2021
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