Adult Groups

Plan a unique, unforgettable experience at the Jewish Museum for your group with a guided tour of one of our current or upcoming exhibitions. Works of art on view are brought to life through a lively docent-led tour, elaborating on themes addressed in the galleries.

To schedule a visit for your group, please click here or call us at 212.423.3225.

Installation view of Chagall: Love, War, and Exile, © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

University Groups

The Jewish Museum invites professors and students to engage with our collection and special exhibitions through close looking, guided conversations, and studio workshops. Our university programs aim to provide accessible and flexible formats for incorporating art in the Museum into teaching, learning, and making.

Conversations with Art
University classes may book hour-long visits to our exhibitions, guided by the Museum’s educators and curators. Conversations with Art can be tailored to specific class topics.

Studio Workshops
We offer university studio workshops in tandem with our exhibitions. Following a guided conversation about art on view in the Museum, students participate in related creative practices by making their own work with a teaching artist in our studio.

Please email universityprograms@thejm.org or call the scheduling coordinator at 212.423.3279 to book a visit for your group.

Installation view of Jack Goldstein × 10,000, The Jewish Museum, New York. Photo by David Andrako.

Pre-K-12 Groups

Make the Jewish Museum your classroom through thematic gallery tours that build on curricula, contextualize artworks, and incorporate activities and inquiry-based discussion. The Museum also offers customizable group visits to classes whose students have special needs.

Temporary Exhibition Tours

Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry

May 5, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017
Grades: 3-12

Florine Stettheimer, Asbury Park South, 1920. Oil on canvas. Collection of Halley K. Harrisburg and Michael Rosenfeld, New York.

A painter, designer, and poet, Florine Stettheimer was an icon of the Jazz Age of New York. Featuring more than 50 paintings and drawings, as well as costume and theater designs, photographs, and her acclaimed poems, this landmark survey reveals Stettheimer’s significant role in American modernism as well as her lasting influence on contemporary artists. Tours focus on the intersection of Stettheimer’s visual art and poetry.

Temporary Exhibition Tours

The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin

Mar 17, 2017 - Aug 6, 2017
Grades: 3-12

James Welling, Morgan Great Hall, 2014. Inkjet print. Artwork © James Welling, courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Philosopher Walter Benjamin recorded observations of 19th-century Parisian life in The Arcades Project, one of the greatest literary works of cultural criticism of all time. This exhibition features works by contemporary artists representing each of the 36 sections or subjects explored in Benjamin’s text — from fashion and photography to advertising and boredom. Students discuss the intersections of visual art and writing, using Benjamin’s exploration of life in France as a departure point for considering student impressions of life in New York City today.

Temporary Exhibition Tours

Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design

Nov 4, 2016 - Mar 27, 2017
Grades: 3-12

Pierre Chareau, Maison de Verre, 1928-1932. Photograph © Mark Lyon

Experience the technological innovations featured in this exciting exhibition. Video projections, virtual reality, digital installations, and film all combine to highlight the creativity of influential designer Pierre Chareau, who produced furniture, interiors, lighting, and film sets. View art collected by Chareau and his friends including works by Picasso, Braque, Mondrian, and Modigliani.

Language Arts

Writing Through Art

Monday, December 14 | 11:30 am
Grades: 3-12

Ken Aptekar, I Hate The Name Kenneth, 1996

By analyzing works of art, students gain insight into how art can inspire creative writing and how writing can be a powerful means of engaging with the visual world. Tours may focus on poetry, narrative, and language development.

Art Materials and Process

The Art of the Book

Grades: 3-12

Prayer Hymn for Alexander I, Benjamin Nathansohn, Vilnius (Lithuania), 1818. Ink and paint on silk; brocade cover.

In this studio-based workshop, students examine parchments, reed pens, and the natural resources used to produce medieval books. Students view original manuscripts in the galleries, grind natural pigments such as saffron or malachite using a mortar and pestle, and illuminate their own works of art with gold leaf.

Art Materials and Process

Multimedia and Process

Grades: 6-12

Matthew McCaslin, Being The Light, 2000

Compare disparate works in various media through the lens of artistic process. Tours may explore ancient to contemporary art, combining stops in both the collection and current exhibitions.

Art Materials and Process

Materials in Art

Grades: Pre-K-5

Harriete Estel Berman, Alms Container, 1999

Students view art made from various types of materials — from wire to window frames — and consider the choices artists make. In the studio, students experiment with everyday materials to create their own works of art.

History and Global Studies

The Immigrant Experience

Grades: 3-12

Maurycy Minkowski, After the Pogrom, c. 1910

Why do people move from one country to another, and what do they bring with them or leave behind? Through examination and discussion of works of art and artifacts, students consider the personal and communal experience of immigration. 

History and Global Studies

Remembering the Holocaust

Grades: 6-12

Abshalom Jac Lahav, Anne Frank, 2007

Students discuss, interpret, and establish connections between the events of World War II and works of art and artifacts related to the Holocaust.

History and Global Studies

Number the Stars

Grades: 3-5

Michael David, Warsaw, 1980, Pigment and wax on Masonite. The Jewish Museum, New York

Elementary school students reading Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars focus on issues of resistance and hope through an exploration of age-appropriate works on view.

Ritual and Ceremony

Festivals of Light

Grades: Pre-K- 4

Rod Baer, Hanukkah Lamp Every December, 1995

Explore the role of light in the Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa holidays and view the Museum’s spectacular collection of Hanukkah lamps. Groups may request to focus solely on Hanukkah.

Ritual and Ceremony

Ceremonial Objects

Grades: K-12

Reddish Studio: Naama Steinbock and Idan Friedman, Hanukkah Lamp Menorah, 2011

Examine ritual objects and related paintings, exploring how artists merge artistic style with function. Students learn about Jewish culture and ceremonies by considering how these objects are traditionally used.

Identity

People and Portraits

Grades: Pre-K-5

Reuven Rubin, Goldfish Vendor, 1928

Students compare and contrast works of art in different media that depict people and consider how artists use the gestures, facial expressions, and body language of their subjects to communicate ideas and emotions. Discussion will also focus on how artistic choices impact the viewer’s experience.

Identity

Art and Identity

Grades: 6-12

Raphael Soyer, Dancing Lesson, 1926.

Students consider personal, collective, and cultural identity through an examination of paintings, sculptures, or photographs. Tours may address issues of assimilation, stereotypes and discrimination, and heritage.

Language Arts

Art as Text

Grades: 6-12

Marcel Janco, Ma'abarot in Gray, c. 1950

Students study original works of art as informational texts and reference artists’ statements, photographs, newspaper articles, and historical documents. 

Language Arts

Objects Tell Stories

Grades: K-5

Wedding Sofa from North Germany, possibly Danzig (Gdansk, Poland)

Elementary school students “read” original art and artifacts as primary sources to learn more about the historical and artistic contexts of objects at the Jewish Museum.

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Ancient Civilizations

Grades: 7-12

Bottle, Eastern Mediterranean, 2nd-3rd century C.E. Glass: free-blown

The past comes alive through a close examination of original artifacts from ancient communities. Students consider pottery, metalwork, mosaics, and glassware as evidence of societal change and daily life in ancient times.

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Archaeological Dig

Grades: K-6

Horse Figurine, Israel, 1000-586 B.C.E.

Students make connections between past and present, discover artifacts from ancient cultures, and learn about excavations in the Museum’s hands-on, simulated archaeological dig. 

Camp Groups

Inspire your summer charges through specially designed Museum tours for camp groups. During these engaging themed visits, campers may embark on animal hunts, dig for treasure, or create works of art from familiar, everyday objects.

Click here for information about exhibition and thematic tours.

Planning a visit

Adult Groups and University Groups

Adult Group Tour fees for a 45-minute tour for up to 20 people are:
- $350 tour of a current exhibition

University group fees for a 45-minute tour for up to 20 people are:
- $250 tour of a current exhibition

For information on becoming a university partner, click here.

Group tours are available Monday through Friday in exhibitions at specific entry times, beginning at 11:15 am.

All group tour rates include general admission. On days when the galleries are open to the public, group visitors are welcome to explore the rest of the museum after their tour. Each member of the group will receive a coupon for a discount at the Museum’s shop

Groups that visit on Wednesdays when the Museum is closed to the public, will only have access to the exhibition space where their tour is scheduled. The other galleries will remain closed. The shop is open on Wednesdays.

All groups are limited to 20 people per reservation. Groups of more than 20 people will be divided into smaller groups and given separate entry times.

The Museum recommends scheduling tours at least four weeks in advance.

Click here to book an adult or university group

Pre-K – 12 Schools and Camps

Guided Museum Visit (75 minutes):
- $110 per group Pre-K - 12
- Includes art studio component (for grades Pre-K - 5 only)

Extended Guided Museum Visit (2 hours):
- $185 per group K - 12
- Includes extended gallery and art studio components (for grades K - 12 only)

Museum visits are offered Monday through Thursday at 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:15 pm; Friday at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm; and Sunday at 10 am and 11:30 am.

The Museum recommends scheduling visits at least four weeks in advance

Payment must be received at least two weeks prior to the visit. 

Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the scheduled visit. Visits will be shortened for late arrivals.

Maximum number of students per weekday group is 28; On Sundays the maximum number of number of participants (including children and adults) is 24; The maximum for Special Education classes is 12. One chaperone must accompany every 10 students; a maximum of five chaperones may accompany each class. Special accommodations will be made for New York City Public School classes with more than 28 students. Each classroom must be booked as a separate tour group.

In observance of Jewish dietary laws, school groups may not eat their lunches inside the Museum. 

Click here to book a PreK-12 School or Camp visit