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The Jewish Museum is pleased to offer resources and support to enhance Pre-K – 12 teaching and curriculum development. Hone your skills in a professional development workshop, use our curriculum materials to develop arts-based lessons, or book an in-person or online educator-led tour for your group.

Pre-K-12 Groups

School group tours are now being offered both in-person at the Museum or virtually via Zoom. Tours are led by Jewish Museum educators, and are arts-based, interactive, and hands-on. Pre-K—12th grade school, camp, or youth groups may explore current exhibitions or works of art in the Jewish Museum's collection focusing on themes including Materials in Art, Social Justice, Portraiture, and Immigration.

Virtual School Tours:
45-60 minutes: $140 per class

In-Person School Tours:
60 minutes: $140 per class
Gallery tour and gallery activities only

90 minutes: $190 per class
Grades PreK-6 - gallery tour and studio art project
Grades 7-12 - gallery tour including extended discussion and activities

120 minutes: $245 per class
All grades, extended discussion and studio art project

A limited number of free or reduced rate tours are available for Title I NYC public schools; self-contained special education classes can request free tours.

In-person school groups are limited to 28 students per tour and typically, two tours may run at the same time. On Sundays, the maximum number of participants per tour (including chaperones) is 24. For Special Education classes, the maximum number of students is 12. Special accommodations will be made for New York City Public school classes with more than 28 students. One chaperone must accompany every 10 students; a maximum of five chaperones may accompany each class. Each classroom must be booked as a separate tour group.

Group size for virtual tours is limited to 30 students per tour. For Special Education classes, the maximum number of students is 12. Each classroom must be booked as a separate tour group.

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

Plan a Visit

Exhibition Visit

Mood of the moment: Gaby Aghion and the house of Chloé

October 13, 2023 - February 18, 2024
Grades: Pre-K–12

Dress designed by Clare Waight Keller, spring–summer 2016, chiffon. © Chloé Archive, Paris. Photo by Julien T. Hamon.

Mood of the moment: Gaby Aghion and the house of Chloé casts new light on the fashion label’s 70-year history with nearly 150 garments as well as never-before-exhibited sketches and documents from the Chloé Archive. Aghion was a leader whose work altered the course of the global fashion industry in liberating women's bodies from the restrictive attitudes and styles of the time, as well as pioneering the emergence of luxury ready-to-wear. The exhibition highlights her vision of effortless, luxurious fashion along with the work of iconic designers who began their careers with the brand, including Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, and Phoebe Philo.

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Exhibition Visit

Marta Minujin: Arte! Arte! Arte!

November 17, 2023 - March 31, 2024
Grades: Pre-K–12

Marta Minujin, Conceptos entrelazados (Intertwined Concepts), c. 2019-22. Acrylic, tempera, and lacquer on mattress fabric with foam rubber. 98⅜ × 102⅜ × 51⅛ in. (250 × 260 × 130 cm) Collection of the artist. © Marta Minujín, courtesy of Henrique Faria, New York and Herlitzka & Co., Buenos Aires.

Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte! includes nearly 100 works which reflect Minujín’s bold experimentation over six decades. The exhibition foregrounds her pioneering soft sculptures, fluorescent large-scale painting, psychedelic drawings, and performances created throughout Minujin's career in Buenos Aires, Paris, and New York.  The artist’s ephemeral works—happenings, participatory installations, and monumental public art—are presented through rarely seen photographs, video, and other documentation.

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English Language Arts

The Art of Maurice Sendak

Virtual tour only
Grades: Pre-K-5

Maurice Sendak (American, 1928 – 2012), final illustration for “and made him king of the wild things” from Where The Wild Things Are, 1963, watercolor on paper. From the Maurice Sendak Collection at the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia

Explore the work of renowned children's book author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak—subject of the 2005 Jewish Museum exhibition, Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak. In addition to examining Sendak’s best-known works, Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, students will consider Sendak’s influences from pop culture, his childhood in Brooklyn, and Eastern European folklore. 

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English Language Arts

The Art of Ezra Jack Keats

Virtual tour only
Grades: Pre-K-5

Image from The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, with special permission from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Examine the colorful illustrations and urban landscapes of Brooklyn-born, award-winning picture book creator Ezra Jack Keats.  Tours focus on visual storytelling, Keats' autobiographical inspirations, as well as his use of color and collage. The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats was on view at the Jewish Museum from September 9, 2011--January 29, 2012.

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Art: Materials and Process

The Art of Marc Chagall

Virtual tour only
Grades: Pre-K-12

Marc Chagall, "Maternity," 1950s, lithograph on paper.

Discover the dreamlike, symbolic imagery of renowned modern artist Marc Chagall. Students will compare and contrast works of art by Chagall featured in past exhibitions with works of art in the Jewish Museum's collection.

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Art: Materials and Process

The Art of the Book

In-person tour only
Grades: 3-12

Benjamin Nathansohn, Prayer Hymn for Alexander I, 1818, ink and paint on silk, brocade cover. The Jewish Museum, New York, Gift of Dr. Harry G. Friedman.

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.

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Art: Materials and Process

Art & Social Justice

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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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 Diwali, Hanukkah, 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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History and Global Studies

Archaeological Dig

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, discover artifacts from ancient cultures, and learn about excavations in the Museum’s hands-on, simulated archaeological dig.

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In-School Program: Art on the Road

Bring the Jewish Museum to your school with hands-on, educator-led thematic lessons. A Jewish Museum educator will travel to your school and work with individual classes using artifact replicas, touchable objects, and visual images to engage students through discussion, observation, and interactive activities. A minimum of two lessons must be scheduled for every Art on the Road visit to your school. Each lesson lasts for one period and must be for an individual classroom.

Cost: $140/lesson; Free for self-contained special education classes.

To schedule an Art on the Road visit to your school, please contact us at schoolprograms@thejm.org or 212.423.3270.

Festivals of Light

Handle replicas of Hanukkah lamps from the Jewish Museum’s collection while exploring the role of light in holidays of different cultures. Students will also create their own light-inspired artworks. 

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Hanukkah Lamp, 19th century, cast pewter. Gift of Dr. Harry G. Friedman.

Children’s Book Authors

Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day or William Steig, Shrek or Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

In this workshop, educators introduce students to the works of one or more author/illustrators featured in previous Jewish Museum exhibitions through storytelling and visual images.  Students create a work of art inspired by the illustrators’ books.

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Ezra Jack Keats, Crunch, crunch, crunch, his feet sank into the snow, final illustration for The Snowy Day, 1962. Ezra Jack Keats Papers, de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi © Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Image courtesy of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

Archaeology and the Ancient World

Students handle replicas of ancient clay, stone, and metal artifacts as well as archaeologists’ tools to explore the archaeological process and daily life within the context of ancient civilizations. 

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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.

The Art of the Book

In this hands-on workshop, students examine parchments, reed pens, and the natural resources used to create paint and produce medieval books. Using a mortar and pestle, students grind natural pigments such as saffron or cochineal to create paint which they use to design an illuminated letter.

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

Professional Development

Educator workshops provide content knowledge and practical strategies for engaging students with original art and artifacts. Through presentations by scholars and educators, guided exhibition tours, and hands-on studio activities, workshops introduce teachers to the Jewish Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and related themes, and explore strategies for integrating art into classroom curricula. Professional development workshops are recommended for educators who work with elementary, middle, and high school students

Special education teachers may register free of charge for all workshops by calling 212.423.3270.

See all upcoming events for educators here.

Arte! Arte! Arte!: Soft Sculpture Workshop A Program for Educators

Thursday, March 14
4 – 6:30 PM

Join us for a workshop that explores Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte! The exhibition focuses on the work of Marta Minujín, a defining force of Latin American art whose trajectory intersected with the major artistic developments of the postwar period while reflecting a singular spirit and vision infused by her sharp intellect, irreverent humor, and performative presence. In the early 1960s, Minujin started to experiment with mattresses, creating colorful soft sculptures that would come to define her signature style. Participate in a tour of this exhibition and a hands-on workshop with a Jewish Museum teaching artist. Educators will create a soft sculpture inspired by works in the exhibition.

Light refreshments will be served.

Program fee: $18. Materials included. 

A limited number of spaces are available for teachers of self-contained special education classes and special education teachers in ICT classes to register free of charge by emailing schoolprograms@thejm.org.

Registration deadline March 13.

New York State teachers may receive 2.5 CTLE hours.

The Jewish Museum is committed to making its programs accessible to all. For inquiries and requests for ASL interpretation or additional accommodations please email info@thejm.org or call 212.423.3200 ext. 0.

Professional development workshops are made possible with endowment support from the Gershon Kekst Family.

Specialized Workshops for Schools

Gallery and studio workshops can be created for educators from a specific school. These workshops introduce teachers to exhibitions and explore strategies for integrating art into classroom curricula. Themes include Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations, Identity, Objects as Primary Sources, Materials in Art, and more.

Fees start at $525 for 3 hours with up to 20 teachers. Please email schoolprograms@thejm.org for more information.

Professional development workshops are made possible with endowment support from the Kekst Family Fund. Additional support is provided through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council and Council Member Mark Levine.

Teaching Resources

Discover the Jewish Museum’s resources for elementary through high school educators and download curriculum materials. Discover the Jewish Museum's resources for elementary through high school teaching and learning. Two types of downloadable resources are available: focused lesson plans highlight a single work of art, and comprehensive curriculum materials explore a theme through related works of art and objects. Both sets of resources include discussion questions, hands-on activities ideas, and links to the Museum's online collection.

Curriculum guides are made possible by a generous grant from the Kekst Family.

Portraiture & Identity

This resource was developed to help elementary through high school educators guide students in an exploration of identity based on portraiture in the Jewish Museum’s collection.

Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey

Margret and H.A. Rey’s children’s books about America’s beloved monkey Curious George hold a special place in the hearts of both children and adults around the world. This resource for educators is designed to complement and enhance a classroom study of the Reys’ Curious George stories.

Narrative in Art

This resource features works of art with narrative components, and highlights connections between visual art, English Language Arts, and literacy. Consider how artists use visual elements to weave together stories with all the familiar components: characters, setting, plot/scenes, mood, and tone.

Objects Tell Stories: Jewish Holidays

This resource presents ideas for exploring the Jewish holidays through art and artifacts by highlighting ten unique objects from the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection.

Immigration Experiences in Art

Explore the topic of immigration with diverse works drawn from the Jewish Museum collection. Consider how art can offer new perspectives on the experiences of immigrants by focusing on themes such as assimilation and collective identity.

Teaching the Holocaust through Works of Art

To understand the significance of works of art and artifacts, it is important to understand their political, historical, and social context. This resource can be used to supplement and enhance ongoing studies in history, art, and literacy, through the lens of World War II and the Holocaust.

Ancient Civilizations and Archaeology

Supplement and enhance your students’ ongoing studies in ancient civilizations and archaeology using artifacts in the Jewish Museum collection. Consider how artifacts can be used as primary source material to shed light on life thousands of years ago, particularly in the ancient Near East.

Movies that Matter: Film Screenings for Schools

The Jewish Museum invites middle and high school students and teachers to view award-winning documentary films that examine current social issues such as representation and identity, immigration, and civil rights, followed by discussions with filmmakers.

This year, Movies That Matter celebrates 25 years of programming by revisiting some or our most popular and powerful screenings to date. Attend an in-person screening at the Museum, or participate virtually by viewing a selection of on-demand short films and pre-recorded conversations with filmmakers. All programs are offered free of charge.

In Person Screenings:
High school classes view award-winning documentaries, engage in post-film discussions, and enjoy a pizza lunch at the Jewish Museum. View in-person screening dates and film details on the Teen Programs Calendar.

Virtual Screenings:
Middle and high school students stream short documentaries and recorded conversations with the filmmakers from April through June. View films and details here.

To learn more, or to register, email MoviesThatMatter@thejm.org.

Movies That Matter is made possible through the generosity of the Nissan Foundation, a Humanities New York Action Grant, the Moses L. Parshelsky Foundation, Con Edison, the Pamela & Richard Rubinstein Family Fund, and the Harry Chapin Foundation. 

Additional support is provided, in part, through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with Council Member Erik Bottcher, Council Member Shekar Krishnan, and the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.
Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

School Partnerships

Educational experiences for grades Pre-K through 12

The Museum works closely with public, private, Jewish, and special education schools to develop dynamic visual arts programming for Pre-K through 12th grade students and teachers.  Two long-standing partnership programs, ArtPartners and Chaverim, provide free, art-based instruction to students at New York City public schools and Jewish day schools.  Led by teaching artists over multiple visits at both the schools and the Museum, school partnerships are designed to make connections between in-class learning and the Museum’s collection and exhibitions.  Participating students build their visual arts vocabulary, consider art within cultural and historical contexts, and experiment with various art materials through studio art activities. 

For more information and inquiries about school partnerships, please contact 212.423.3270 or schoolprograms@thejm.org.
The Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Education’s school programs are supported by endowed funds established by the Bronfman Family, the Muriel and William Rand Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Rosalie Klein Adolf, the Kekst Family, and Mrs. Ida C. Schwartz in memory of Mr. Bernard S. Schwartz.

Generous support is provided by the Samuel Brandt Fund, The Leir Charitable Foundations, Kekst Family, Capital One, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, Gray Foundation, J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Nissan Foundation, Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, Con Edison, Moses L. Parshelsky Foundation, Deborah and Michael Rothman, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Pamela and Richard Rubinstein Foundation, Elias A. Cohen Foundation, Inc., Frederic R. Coudert Foundation, Henry E. Niles Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, and other donors.

Educational Programming is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Council Member Mark Levine, Council Member Barry Grodenchik, Council Member Peter Koo, and the City Council.