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A Brief History
Since its founding in 1973, Yeshiva University Museumís changing exhibits have celebrated the culturally diverse intellectual and artistic achievements of 3,000 years of Jewish experience. The Museum provides a window into Jewish culture around the world and throughout history through its acclaimed multi-disciplinary exhibitions and award-winning publications. By educating audiences of all ages with dynamic interpretations of Jewish life, past and present, along with wide-ranging cultural offerings and programs, the Museum attracts young and old, Jewish and non-Jewish audiences.
Exhibitions & Programs
YUM shares this new state-of-the-art facility with four partners, three of whom are renowned research and archival institutions focusing on specific aspects of Jewish history and culture: YIVO, the American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardic Federation, and the Leo Baeck Institute. The Museum has four galleries, an exhibition arcade, an outdoor sculpture garden, a docent lounge, and a childrenís workshop room, in addition to its own suite of offices. The Museum has access to a 250 seat, handicapped-accessible auditorium with a state-of-the- art AV projection room, various smaller meeting rooms and a lunchroom.

Yeshiva University Museum presents exhibitions with an interdisciplinary focus that reflect the diversity of the Museumís collection of more than 8,000 artifacts. ďOur primary focus is the interpretation of Jewish history from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and we produce two types of exhibitions, usually shown concurrently,Ē explains director Sylvia A. Herskowitz. ďOne exhibit examines a Jewish community or historic event; the other features emerging or established contemporary artists working on Jewish themes.Ē Occasionally, the Museum presents traveling exhibitions.

As a resource for scholarly research, Yeshiva University Museumís exhibitions provide unique opportunities for artists, historians, collectors, and ethnographers to examine, compare, and research objects, ideas, and techniques. Its contemporary art shows offer the public the opportunity to survey art being created by living Jewish artists throughout the world.

Yeshiva University Museumís programs are designed to expand the intellectual and creative imagination of its diverse audiences. They include family craft workshops, lectures, films, concerts, and multilingual exhibition tours in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian, and Yiddish.
Yeshiva University Museumís expert educational staff has developed nationally recognized outreach programs that include working with administrators and teachers in New York City public schools to provide young students with art education as part of their school curriculum, and provide teachers with professional development. These programs are funded by the NYS Council on the Arts, Project Arts of the NYC Board of Education and the bilingual education program Title VII that is federally funded. A founding member of the Council of American Jewish Museums, Yeshiva University Museum has played a leading role in encouraging the growth of emerging museums in the U.S. and in developing conservation and preservation techniques for all Jewish museums.

Museum Library

The Museum Library, a lovely room facing tree-lined Sixteenth Street, is the permanent home to a rotating display of The Jean Sorkin Moldovan Memorial Collections of Jewish Children’s Literature and The Charles M. Stern Sacred Hebrew Letters. It is open by special appointment to groups and visitors. For more information please call 212-294-8330.

Museum Hours:
Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday: 11 am - 5 pm
Monday: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 11 am - 8 pm
Friday: 11 am - 2:30 pm
FREE Monday, Wednesday (5-8 pm) and Friday

Museum Admission:
Adults: $8
Seniors and Students: $6
YU Museum Members and Children under 5: Free
Yeshiva University Faculty, Administration and Students: Free (with valid ID)

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