Adult Groups

Plan a unique, unforgettable experience at the Jewish Museum for your group with a guided tour of the Museum’s permanent collection exhibition, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, or 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 temporary exhibitions or permanent collection, 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 special 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.

Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television

May 1, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015
Grades: K – 12

Installation view of the exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: David Heald.

As the school year winds down, treat your class to an exhibition exploring the impact of modern art on the look of mainstream television shows in the 1950s and 1960s. This entertaining, thoughtful, and nostalgic journey back in time presents work by avant-garde artists such as Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, and Andy Warhol alongside clips from Batman, The Twilight Zone, and other television classics.

Temporary Exhibition Tours

Masterpieces & Curiosities: Nicole Eisenman’s Seder

Mar 13, 2015 - Aug 10, 2015
Grades: Pre-K – 12

© Nicole Eisenman

This iteration of Masterpieces & Curiosities, a series of exhibitions focusing on a single fascinating work from the Museum’s collection, features Nicole Eisenman’s Seder, a painting exploring issues of tradition and ritual through a cartoon-like depiction of a family sitting around a Passover table. Students will discuss Seder, along with related works, and consider the dynamics of family relationships, traditions, and holiday ritual. 

Temporary Exhibition Tours

Repetition and Difference

Mar 13, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015
Grades: 2 – 12

Repetition and Difference assembles several groups of seemingly identical objects from the Museum’s collection to examine how the differences and
similarities between them can reveal significant meaning. Students will view these objects alongside work by contemporary artists who experiment with the visual impact and significance of repeating patterns and symbols.

 

Installation view of the exhibition Repetition and Difference. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: David Heald.

Identity

People and Portraits

Grades: Pre-K – 5

Compare and contrast works of art in different media depicting 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.

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Self-Portrait, 1814-16. Purchase: Anonymous gift in memory of Curtis Hereld; Esther Leah Ritz Bequest; Fine Arts Acquisitions Committee Fund; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Jaffin, by exchange; and Abraham Aaroni and Ruth Taub Bequests, 2008-137

History and Global Studies

Remembering the Holocaust

Grades: 6 – 12

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

Christian Boltanski, Monument (Odessa), 1989–2003. The Jewish Museum, New York. Purchase: Melva Bucksbaum Contemporary Art Fund. © Christian Boltanski / Courtesy of the Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

Art Materials and Process

Multimedia and Process

Grades: 6 – 12

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

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #926 Loopy (yellow and purple), 1999, acrylic paint, 164 × 102 1/2 in. (416.6 × 260.4 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of an anonymous donor, 2000-28 © 2008 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Language Arts

Art as Text

Grades: 6 - 12

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

Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage, 1907. The Jewish Museum, New York. Purchase: Mr. and Mrs. George Jaffin Fund. © 2008 Georgia O’Keefe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Identity

Art and Identity

Grades: 6 – 12

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

Raphael Soyer, Dancing Lesson, 1926.

History and Global Studies

Number the Stars

Grades: 3 – 5

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

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

Language Arts

Writing Through Art

Grades: 3 – 12

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.

R. B. Kitaj, Eclipse of God (After the Uccello Panel Called Breaking Down the Jew's Door), 1997-2000. The Jewish Museum, New York. Purchase: Oscar and Regina Gruss Memorial and S. H. and Helen R. Scheuer Family Foundation Funds

Language Arts

Objects Tell Stories

Grades: K – 5

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.

Abraham Shulkin, Torah Ark from Adath Yeshurun Synagogue, Sioux City, Iowa, United States, 1899

Identity

Cultural Exchange

Grades: 4 – 12

How does a culture or community retain its sense of identity when sharing environment, technology, art and ideas with other cultures? Students view art and artifacts that reflect the dynamic cultural exchanges between many cultures.

Portion of a Synagogue Wall, Isfahan, 16th century CE

History and Global Studies

The Immigrant Experience

Grades: 3 – 12

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.

Maurycy Minkowski, After the Pogrom, c. 1910

Art Materials and Process

Materials in Art

Grades: Pre-K – 5

Students view works of 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 objects to create their own works of art.

Larry Rivers, Portrait of Vera List, c. 1965, Gift of Vera G. List, 1984-21. Art © Estate of Larry Rivers/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Ritual and Ceremony

Ceremonial Objects

Grades: K – 12

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 used.

Moshe Zabari, Torah Crown, 1969. 

Ritual and Ceremony

Festivals of Light

Grades: Pre-K – 4

Explore the role of light in the Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa holidays and view the Museum’s spectacular collection of Hanukkah lamps.

Matthew McCaslin, Being the Light, 2000.

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Ancient Civilizations

Grades: 7 – 12

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.

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

Art Materials and Process

The Art of the Book

Grades: 3 – 12

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

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

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Archaeological Dig

Grades: K – 6

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.

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

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 Temporary Exhibition and thematic tours.

Temporary Exhibition Tours

TV and Art

May 1, 2015-
Sep 20, 2015
Grades: K – 12

Treat your group to an exhibition exploring the impact of modern art on the look of mainstream television shows in the 1950s and 1960s.This entertaining, thoughtful, and nostalgic journey back in time presents work by avant-garde artists such as Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, and Andy Warhol alongside clips from Batman, The Twilight Zone, and other television classics.

 

Andy Warhol, Cover art for Get Smart, TV Guide, March 5, 1966

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Digging for Treasures

Grades: Pre-K – 6

Uncover artifacts from the past in the Museum's simulated archaeological dig.

Bull Figurine, Syria, 2000-1750 B.C.E., Gift of the Betty and Max Ratner Collection, 1981-156. Photo by Ardon Bar Hama

Art Materials and Process

Animal Safari

Grades: Pre-K – 3

Hunt for animals in artwork on this fun, exciting safari through the Museum!

Art Materials and Process

From Head to Toe

Grades: Pre-K – 12

Learn how body language and facial expression can convey meaning in portraits.

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Self-Portrait, 1814-16. Purchase: Anonymous gift in memory of Curtis Hereld; Esther Leah Ritz Bequest; Fine Arts Acquisitions Committee Fund; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Jaffin, by exchange; and Abraham Aaroni and Ruth Taub Bequests, 2008-137

Art Materials and Process

Windows, Wire, Wood

Grades: Pre-K – 12

Examine various materials and everyday objects used to create exciting works of art.

Larry Rivers, Portrait of Vera List, c. 1965, Gift of Vera G. List, 1984-21. Art © Estate of Larry Rivers/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Planning a visit

Adult Groups and University Groups

Adult Group Tour fees for a 45-minute tour for up to 20 people are:
- $310 tour of Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey
- $330 tour of a temporary exhibition

University group fees for a 45-minute tour for up to 20 people are:
- $210 tour of Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey
- $230 tour of a temporary exhibition

For information on becoming a university partner, click here.

Group tours are available Monday through Friday in temporary and permanent exhibitions at specific entry times, beginning at 11:15am . Tours are available on Sundays in the permanent exhibition only.

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):
- $100 per group Pre-K - 12
- Includes art studio component (for grades Pre-K - 5 only)

Extended Guided Museum Visit (2 hours):
- $170 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