Guided 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 email schedulingcoordinator@thejm.org or call us at 212.423.3225.

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Exhibition Tour

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything

April 12 - September 8, 2019

Opening in April 2019, the Jewish Museum presents a contemporary art exhibition inspired by the influential singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen. Experience immersive contemporary installations by artists who have been inspired by Cohen’s style and recurring themes in his work.

Exhibition Tour

Martha Rosler: Irrespective

November 2, 2018 - March 3, 2019

This survey exhibition focuses on the influential artist Martha Rosler in the context of a decades-long practice that continues to evolve and respond to the shifting contours of political life.

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Scenes from the Collection

Ongoing

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.

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.

To schedule a school visit, please email schedulingcoordinator@thejm.org or call us at 212.423.3225.

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Exhibition Visit

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything

April 12 - September 8, 2019

See, hear, and experience this multimedia exhibition exploring the legacy of world-renowned novelist, poet, and singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen (1934-2016). Students will be immersed in contemporary installations by artists who have been inspired by Cohen’s style and by recurring themes in his work. Tours may focus on topics such as artistic inspiration, biography, and poetry.

Exhibition Visit

Martha Rosler: Irrespective

November 2, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Grades: 9 – 12

Martha Rosler, "Frankfurt:, 2004, from In the Place of the Public: Airport Series. Artwork © Martha Rosler.

Explore themes of feminism, poverty, consumerism, war, and gentrification, among other topics, through the work of contemporary artist Martha Rosler. Exhibition visits for high school students may be paired with stops in Scenes from the Collection, the Museum’s recently-opened collection exhibition.

Art: Materials and Process

Art & Social Justice

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.

English Language Arts

Signs and Symbols

Grades: 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.
 

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 lightbulbs to cookie tins—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 through an examination of traditional objects. 

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.

English 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. 

English Language Arts

Objects Tell Stories

Grades: K-5

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

Elementary school students examine original art and artifacts in the Jewish Museum’s collection as primary sources, and learn more about their historical and artistic contexts and the stories they reveal.

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.

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, 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 students this summer with our tours for camp groups. During these engaging themed visits, campers may dig for treasure in our simulated archaeological dig, or explore our current exhibitions and create works of art from familiar, everyday objects.

To schedule a visit for your camp group, please email schedulingcoordinator@thejm.org or call us at 212.423.3225.

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Picturing People

Grades: Pre-K–12

Reuven Rubin, Goldfish Vendor, 1928

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

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Grades: Pre-K–12

Matthew McCaslin, Being The Light, 2000

Encounter unusual materials and everyday objects used to create amazing works of art.

Digging for Treasures

Grades: K–6

Lamp, Israel, second half 3rd-5th century C.E. Clay: mold-formed and fired, 2 1/4 × 5 1/2 × 4 1/4 in. (5.7 × 14 × 10.8 cm) The Jewish Museum, New York Gift of the Betty and Max Ratner Collection, 1981-75

Discover artifacts from the past in the Museum’s simulated archaeological dig.

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.