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Yeshiva University Museum
Sun, Tue, and Thu, 11am-5pm; Mon, 3:30pm-8pm; Wed, 11am-8pm; Fri, 11am-2:30pm; Sat, closed
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The Yeshiva University Museum occupies four galleries on the first and second floors of the Center for Jewish History, a modern, sterile fusion of several already-existing buildings between 16th and 17th Streets. Exhibits range from works of art to historically important artifacts and change every four to six months. Some are experimental (“In the Beginning: Artists Repond to Genesis”), while others are purely educational (a newsy presentation of Raphael Lemkin’s WWII-era quest to end genocide through the League of Nations). The museum is particularly kid-friendly, with a ground-floor Discovery Room that you can reserve for interactive educational programming on Jewish topics. (For older kids, there are exhibits tailored to young adults, like a graphic-novel interpretation of the Book of Esther by J.T. Waldman.) Among the notable artifacts to seek out: an 1818 letter written by Thomas Jefferson denouncing anti-Semitism and affirming religious freedom, and a Torah scroll from Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Hassidic movement. And before mounting the stairs to the second floor, be sure to take in Michele Oka Doner’s 4,000-square-foot Old Testament–inspired mosaic floor in the spacious atrium.Center for Jewish History
The Center for Jewish History, a six-story building that bills itself as "the largest archive of recorded Jewish history outside of Israel," also houses four other Jewish historical organizations: the American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. They all share a stately reading room on the third floor, where academics and laymen can access each organization's archives and a repository of books relating to the Semitic diaspora. Attached to the reading room is a genealogy research center where Jewish families can track their heritage.