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.

Please email schedulingcoordinator@thejm.org or call the scheduling coordinator at 212.423.3225 to book a visit for your group.

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.

Temporary Exhibition Tours

Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power

Oct 31, 2014-
Mar 23, 2015
Grades:
Pre-K – 12

What is beauty and how can it be powerful? Learn how a young girl from a Polish family was able to immigrate to America, reinvent herself, and build a cosmetics empire that challenged the traditional notions of beauty and identity. Students explore objects from Rubinstein’s collection of modern art and African and Oceanic sculpture, along with jewelry, miniature period rooms, and fashion, seeking to understand how one woman blurred the boundaries between commerce, art, beauty, and design. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Helena Rubinstein with African mask, c. 1935. Helena Rubinstein Foundation archive, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Special Collections. Photograph by George Maillard Kesslere.

Temporary Exhibition Tours

From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945–1952

Sep 12, 2014-
Feb 16, 2015
Grades:
Pre-K – 12

Explore the parallel careers of artists Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, major contributors to Abstract Expressionism whose work went underappreciated by critics of their age. Both painters experimented with formal qualities of painting by considering how language and writing can be turned into abstraction. 
Grades Pre-K – 5 focus on color, form, shape, and pattern in abstract painting. 
Grades 6 – 12 consider how language and writing, along with social causes such as the Civil Rights movement, helped shape these painters’ work. 
BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Top: Lee Krasner, Untitled, 1949. Oil on canvas, 24 × 48 in. (61 × 121.9 cm). Nancy Margolis King Collection. © 2014 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Bottom: Norman Lewis, Crossing, 1948. Oil on canvas, 25 × 54 in. (63.5 × 137.2 cm). Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. © The Estate of Norman W. Lewis, Courtesy of Iandor Fine Arts, New Jersey.

Temporary Exhibition Tours

Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt

Aug 22, 2014-
Feb 2, 2015
Grades:
K-12

A colorful patchwork quilt bearing Eastern European and American imagery is the centerpiece of this display. A testament to newly arrived Jewish immigrants’ acculturation, the quilt was originally owned by a Russian Jewish family that likely arrived to America in the late 19th century. Incorporated in the quilt are Eastern European Jewish textiles embroidered in the late 19th century, Russian folk art elements, imagery related to American sports, and a depiction of Admiral George Dewey, the hero of the Spanish-American War (1898). BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Quilt, Russia and United States, c. 1899. The Jewish Museum, New York, Purchase: Judaica Acquisitions Fund, 1986-119.  Photo: Joseph Sachs.

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Moshe Zabari, Torah Crown, 1969. 

Ritual and Ceremony

Festivals of Light

Grades:
K – 4

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

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Archaeological Dig

Grades:
Pre-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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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.

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Digging for Treasures

Grades:
Pre-K – 6

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

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! BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Art Materials and Process

From Head to Toe

Grades:
Pre-K – 12

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

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. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

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