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Joy of Museums

Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites

Jewish Museum, NYC

Jewish Museum

Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is an art and cultural museum housed in the former Felix M. Warburg House, along the Museum Mile in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. The museum is the first Jewish museum in the United States, as well as the oldest existing Jewish museum in the world. The collection was established in 1904, but the museum did not open to the public until 1947.

The museum has nearly 30,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, archaeological artifacts, Jewish ceremonial art, and many other artifacts relevant to Jewish history and culture. Artists included in the museum’s collection include James Tissot, Marc Chagall, George Segal, Eleanor Antin, and Deborah Kass. The museum’s collection includes objects from ancient to modern eras, in all media, and originated in every area of the world where Jews have had a presence.

A Tour of the Jewish Museum, NYC

  • Bible Illustrations by James Tissot
  • Seder Plate, Tiered Seder Set, Eastern Galicia or Western Ukraine, 18th-19th century
  • Female Votive Head Cyprus, early 5th century B.C.
  • Torah ark from Adath Yeshurun Synagogue, Abraham Shulkin, 1899
  • Marriage contract, from Vercelli, Italy, 1776

Jewish Museum, NYC

  • Name:                  Jewish Museum, NYC
  • City:                      New York City
  • Established:          1931
  • Type:                     Art Museum
  • Location:               99 Gansevoort Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City

A Tour of New York Museums

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“The modern world thinks of art as very important:
something close to the meaning of life.”

– Alain de Botton

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Photo Credit: Ajay Suresh from New York, NY, USA [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

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