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Children’s Galleries for Jewish Culture
Open to the public: Sun, 2pm-5pm For school groups, by appointment only: Tue-Thu, 9am-5pm; Sun, 9am-12:30pm
Nearby Subway Stops
C, E at 23rd St.
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$8, $25 for a one year family pass
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The Children’s Galleries of Jewish Culture focuses less on religion than on teaching visitors about Jewish history and culture. The galleries are split into three sections: "From Tent to Temple: Life in the Ancient Near East"; "From Home to Home: Jewish Immigration to America," focusing on the influx of Jewish immigrants from Europe to American at the end of the 19th and 20th centuries; and an arts and crafts room where children can make crafts based on what they’ve just seen. Every exhibit has some sort of interactive component: Kids can “hunt for food” by shooting a toy bow-and-arrow at wooden cut outs of animals, take a quiz where the questions come from an old fashioned radio, or make their very own collage out of construction paper and magazine clippings. The available activities mostly stay the same, though they occasionally change if a special exhibit is up. But the interactivity isn’t just limited to children, as parents are encouraged to join in as well.