Guided Tours for Adults

Plan a unique experience for your group with a virtual tour of the Jewish Museum led by a Museum staff member. Tours will be set up by the Museum via Zoom.

To schedule a virtual tour for your group, please fill out the Tour Request Form. If you have additional questions, please contact us at schedulingcoordinator@thejm.org or 212.423.3270.

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Exhibition Tour

Scenes from the Collection

Ongoing

Nicole Eisenman, Seder, 2010.

The Jewish Museum’s rotating collection exhibition features nearly 600 works from antiquities to contemporary art — many of which are on view for the first time.

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Pre-K-12 Groups

Experience the Jewish Museum virtually from school or home, and from anywhere in the world! School and camp groups are invited to book virtual tours led by Jewish Museum educators that are arts-based, interactive, and hands-on. Pre-K - 12 groups may explore works of art in the Jewish Museum's collection via online platforms, such as Zoom or Google Meet, focusing on themes including: Materials in Art, Social Justice, Portraiture, and Immigration. All virtual tours include a mix of discussion and activities that can be done using materials found at home.

Virtual tours can be scheduled for 45-60 minutes and cost $100 per group. Suggested group size is 25 participants or fewer. To schedule a school visit, please fill out the Tour Request form. If you have additional questions, please contact us at schedulingcoordinator@thejm.org or 212.423.3270.

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Exhibition Visit

Fantasy and Storytelling in Art

November 1, 2019 - January 2021
Grades: K–12 

Rachel Feinstein, Mr. Time (detail), 2015.

Make connections between stories and art in the exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone. View large scale sculptures and paintings that draw inspiration from fairy tales and other narratives. Tours for elementary school groups focus on creativity, imagination, and experimentation with materials. Middle and high school groups consider themes such as religion, motherhood, and feminist ideologies. 

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Exhibition Visit

Scenes from the Collection

Ongoing
Grades: Grades K–12

Nicole Eisenman, Seder, 2010.

Examine highlights from the Museum’s acclaimed collection of nearly 30,000 objects in this innovative exhibition which presents antiquities, ritual objects, and visual art from around the world.  On view this fall are works by Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, and George Segal, alongside paintings, photography, and sculpture by Kehinde Wiley, Deborah Kass, and Nicole Eisenman. Tours may focus on exhibition themes of global cultural connections and shared experiences or on a specific medium or time period.

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Art: Materials and Process

Art & Social Justice

Grades: Grades 6 – 12

George Segal, Abraham and Isaac (in Memory of May 4, 1970, Kent State University), 1978, plaster, cloth, rope, metal, and acrylic paint. Gift of the George and Helen Segal Foundation.

Explore ways that artists address social and political issues and even advocate for change through their works of art. Students examine art made in response to historical events and movements; to intolerance; to representations of gender, identity, and race; and to social conventions and customs.

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English Language Arts

Signs and Symbols

Grades: 3-12

Hanukkah Lamp, India, end of the 19th-20th century.

From the six-pointed star to eagles and lions, symbolic imagery can convey personal, cultural, and historic meaning.  Students decode and discuss these powerful symbols as they appear in art, including paintings and ritual objects.

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Art: Materials and Process

Materials in Art

Grades: Pre-K-12

Harriete Estel Berman, Alms Container, 1999.

Students compare works of art in a variety of media and consider the choices artists make. Tours may explore art from ancient to contemporary, from paintings and photographs to sculptures created from lightbulbs and other everyday objects.

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History and Global Studies

Immigration Past and Present

Grades: 3-12

Maurycy Minkowski, After the Pogrom, c. 1910.

Art can offer new perspectives on the experiences of immigrants by focusing on themes such as assimilation and collective identity.  Through close looking and discussion, students reflect upon the personal and communal experience of immigration and make connections between historical movements and contemporary issues.

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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.

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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.

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Ritual and Ceremony

Festivals of Light

Grades: Pre-K- 4

Rod Baer, Every December, Hanukkah Lamp, 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.

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Ritual and Ceremony

Ceremonial Objects

Grades: K-12

Reddish Studio: Naama Steinbock and Idan Friedman, Menorah (Candlesticks United Hanukiyah), Hanukkah Lamp, 2011.

Examine ritual objects and related paintings, exploring how artists merge artistic style with function. Students learn about Jewish culture and ceremonies through an examination of traditional objects. 

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Identity

People and Portraits

Grades: Pre-K-5

Reuven Rubin, Goldfish Vendor, 1928.

Consider how artists depict people, using the gestures, facial expressions, and body language of their subjects to communicate ideas and emotions.  Compare and contrast works in different media to explore how artistic choices impact the viewer’s experience.

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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.

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English Language Arts

Objects Tell Stories

Grades: K-12

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

Students examine works of art and cultural artifacts in the Jewish Museum’s collection as primary sources to learn more about their historical and artistic contexts and the stories they reveal.

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English Language Arts

Writing Through Art

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.

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Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Ancient Civilizations

Grades: 7-12

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

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

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Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Archaeology

Grades: K-6

Horse Figurine, Israel, 1000-586 B.C.E., clay: hand-formed, incised, and fired. The Jewish Museum, New York, purchase: gift of the Betty and Max Ratner Collection, 1981-223.

Students make connections between past and present, explore artifacts from ancient cultures, and learn about the tools that archaeologists use for excavations.

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Camp Groups

Camp groups are invited to book virtual tours led by Jewish Museum educators that are arts-based, interactive, and hands-on. Pre-K - 12 groups may explore works of art in the Jewish Museum's collection via online platforms, such as Zoom or Google Meet, focusing on themes including: Materials in Art, Social Justice, Portraiture, and Immigration. All virtual tours include a mix of discussion and activities that can be done using materials found at home.

For information on virtual tours, including themes and tour descriptions, please read about our offerings for Pre-K - 12 groups. To schedule a visit for your students or camp group, please fill out the Tour Request form. If you have additional questions, please contact us at schedulingcoordinator@thejm.org or 212.423.3270.

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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: David Andrako.