“Pay-What-You-Wish” at NMAJH During Government Shutdown


National Museum of American Jewish History. Photo: Jeff Goldberg.

— by Ilana Blumenthal

As a private, non-profit institution located on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History will remain open during the federal government shutdown.

The museum will offer “pay-what-you-wish” admission during the duration of the shutdown. The museum will operate under its regularly-scheduled hours; all events taking place at the museum will continue as scheduled.    

The Shabbat Compromise

Museum Overview – Where Stories Take Hold from NMAJH on Vimeo.

National Museum of American Jewish History Announces Saturday Ticketing Policy

— Jay Nachman and Ilana Blumenthal

Visitors who wish to see and explore the National Museum of American Jewish History on Saturdays (the Jewish Sabbath) may obtain tickets in advance on the Museum’s website, or throughout the week at the Museum during regular hours of operation.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for Youths (13-21), Seniors (65+) and Active Military. Children (12 and under) are free. Membership (including free admission for one year) is $54 for an individual, $72 for a couple and $90 for a household.

Tickets are also available for purchase on the specific Saturday of a visit at the Independence Visitor Center (IVC), located at Market and 6th streets, a block away from the Museum. Tickets will not be sold at the Museum on Saturdays. The Saturday ticketing policy was instituted by the Museum in recognition of Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath).

The Museum opens to the public on Friday, Nov. 26. Visiting hours at the Museum are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On all days, ticket sales and admittance to the Museum cease half an hour before closing time.

More after the jump.

Building a Celebration from NMAJH on Vimeo.

Tickets for a Saturday visit can be purchased from the IVC only on Saturdays.

The $150-million, 100,000-square-foot Museum, in the heart of historic Philadelphia, is the only museum in the nation dedicated solely to telling the story of Jews in America.

Encompassing 25,000 square feet of gallery space on three-and-a-half floors, the core exhibition explores the challenges faced by Jews since their arrival on this continent in 1654, celebrating their experiences in every facet of American life and throughout every phase of the country’s history. Featuring more than 1,000 artifacts, as well as films and state-of-the-art technology, the exhibition showcases how an immigrant population flourished under freedom and highlights the diverse backgrounds and experiences of Jews over a period of more than 350 years. An additional 5,000 square feet will be used for changing exhibitions.