Museum of Jewish Heritage New York City
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Museum of Jewish Heritage
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Museum of Jewish Heritage
The Museum of Jewish Heritage was created as a living memorial to the Holocaust. The hexagonal shape and tiered roof of the building are symbolic of the six points of the Star of David and the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. It opened September 15, 1997.
In addition to a large permanent exhibit on the Holocaust entitled The War Against the Jews, it also contains two other permanent exhibits on Jewish culture: Jewish Life a Century Ago, and Jewish Renewal. The three permanent exhibits are arranged chronologically, with Jewish Life A Century Ago on the first floor, The War Against the Jews on the second floor, and Jewish Renewal (focusing on contemporary Jewish culture, especially Israel) on the third floor. Temporary exhibits and Safra Hall, a theater, are to be found in the Robert M. Morgenthau wing. There is also a memorial garden, “Garden of Stones” designed by Andy Goldsworthy, in this wing. The garden consists of 18 boulders, each with a dwarf oak sapling growing from inside the hollowed-out stone. They symbolize resiliency. The number 18 was chosen specifically because the Hebrew word for life, chai, has a numerological value of 18.
Monitors, speakers, and projectors playing interviews of relevant persons punctuate the exhibits. 800 artifacts (many of them personal belongings) and 2,000 photographs are on display. As of 2005, Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau is the chairman of the Museum.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 battery Place, battery Park City, New York, NY 10280
4/5 to Bowling Green, walk west along battery Place.
W/R to Whitehall Street, walk west along battery Place.
1 to South Ferry, walk north along battery Park/State Street, turn left and walk west on battery Place.
J/M/Z to Broad Street, walk one block west to Broadway, and then south to the corner of battery Place and Bowling Green. Walk west on battery Place.
M1 to battery Park.
M6 to battery Park.
M9 to battery Park City, stops in front of Museum.
M15 to battery Park City.
M20 to battery Park City, stops in front of Museum.
Sunday-Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (During Daylight Savings Time)
Friday and the eve of Jewish Holidays
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
Closed Saturdays, Jewish Holidays, and Thanksgiving Day.
Adults : $10
Seniors : $7
Students : $5
Children 12 and under are admitted free.
Free admission every Wednesday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.