The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related education programs. Using art and artifacts that embody the diversity of the Jewish experience from ancient to present times, throughout the world, the Museum strives to be a source of inspiration and shared human values for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds while serving as a special touchstone of identity for Jewish people. As a vital cultural resource for New York residents and visitors of all ages, the Museum also reaches out to national and international communities as it interprets and preserves art and Jewish culture for current and future generations.
Approved by the Museum’s Board of Trustees on November 15, 2000.
Learn about the history of the Museum, which began in 1904 with a gift of 26 objects of fine and ceremonial art.
A timeline of highlights from the Museum’s history is available to explore here.