National Museum of American Jewish History

101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

The National Museum of American Jewish History, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire.


NMAJH exists to recount the story of how the Jews who migrated to America from around the world became today’s Jewish Americans. What challenges and what blessings awaited our ancestors? What resources did they tap, what courage did they muster, what barriers did they overturn, as they evolved into one of America’s most visible and multi-faceted immigrant communities?

Every immigration story you’ll encounter in our galleries is different, but they add up to one conclusion: Neither the Jews nor their adopted country would ever be the same.

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