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Yeshiva University Museum
The Yeshiva University Museum is a teaching museum and the cultural arm of Yeshiva University. Along with the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Foundation, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, it is a member organization of the Center for Jewish History, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate located in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood.
The museum was founded in 1973. Its mission is to celebrate the culturally diverse intellectual and artistic achievements of 3,000 years of Jewish experience. The museum aims to provide a window into Jewish culture around the world and throughout history through multi-disciplinary exhibitions and publications. Sylvia A. Herskowitz is the museum’s director. The museum’s collection of more than 8,000 artifacts includes fine and folk art, ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, clothing and textiles, Jewish ceremonial objects, documents, books, and manuscripts.
The museum consists of four galleries, an exhibition arcade, an outdoor sculpture garden, a docent lounge, a children’s workshop room, and a suite of offices. Other Center for Jewish History facilities include a 250-seat, handicapped-accessible auditorium and projection room, meeting rooms, a lunchroom, and a kosher café.
The museum produces two types of exhibitions, usually shown concurrently: one examining a Jewish community or historic event, and the other featuring contemporary artists working on Jewish themes. The museum occasionally presents traveling exhibitions. Other offerings include family craft workshops, lectures, films, concerts, and multilingual exhibition tours in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian, and Yiddish.
The Yeshiva University Museum’s outreach programs work with New York City public schools to provide students with art education and teachers with professional development. The New York State Council on the Arts, Project Arts of the New York City Board of Education, and the bilingual education program Title VII support these programs. A founding member of the Council of American Jewish Museums, Yeshiva University Museum plays a leading role in encouraging the growth of emerging museums and in developing conservation and preservation techniques for all Jewish museums.
Yeshiva University Museum, 15 West 16th Street, NYC 10011
The museum is located inside the Center for Jewish History between 5th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas. Nearby subway stops include: Union Square Q, W, N, R, 4, 5, 6;
14th Street and 7th Avenue 1, 2, 3; and
14th Street and 8th Avenue A, C, E.
The Center can also be reached by bus on the M2, M3, M5, M6, and M7 lines.
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Mondays@YUM FREE 3:30-7:30 pm
Seniors and Students: $6
YU Museum Members and Children under 5: Free
Yeshiva University Faculty, Administration and Students:Free