Visit us At 5th and Market Streets on Independence Mall


Visiting Hours

Monday - Wednesday, & Friday     10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday     10:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday      10:00am - 5:30pm

Please click here for information about special holiday openings and closures. 


101 South Independence Mall East (Corner of 5th and Market Streets)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-2517

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For the safety of the collection and the enjoyment of other visitors, please respect the following gallery guidelines.

  • Personal photography is permitted and encouraged! Tag the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • The use of flash, video, tripods, and selfie sticks is prohibited.
  • For commercial photography, contact
  • Food and drink are not permitted, with the exception of water bottles and medical needs.
  • Only pencils are allowed for note-taking or sketching. Pens and markers are not permitted.
  • Large backpacks and bags, umbrellas, and coats must be checked in our Coatroom.
  • Strollers are allowed, unless otherwise indicated.



For your safety, the Museum has various security measures in place.

  • Guests may be subject to screening by an agent or directed through a metal detector.
  • Bags may be subject to X-ray inspection or manual search.
  • Tripods/monopods and all blades (including pocket-knives), firearms, and other weapons are prohibited. The Museum has the right to confiscate inappropriate items, weapons, and hazardous materials. Failure to comply will prevent entering the Museum.
  • Outside food and beverage is not permitted, except water bottles and for medical needs. You may check any closed food and beverage at the Coatroom. 


Plan your visit with our downloadable Visitor Guide!

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These free 60 minute tours are offered daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm. Ask at the Admissions Desk about tour availability when you purchase admission.
*Please note that daily tours are subject to last minute changes and/or cancellations.

These public tours are not open to groups. Interested in taking a private tour with your group? Reserve in advance through Group Services.


The Museum does not have a parking garage. For information on getting here and parking, visit Map, Marking, and Directions.


The Museum Store has a snack bar with cozy seating, which offers coffee and tea, cold beverages, and small, kosher, packaged goods (granola bars, candy, yogurt, etc.). Abundant dining options are available in the Museum’s immediate neighborhood.


The Museum Store offers a wide variety of contemporary and traditional Judaica, gifts, jewelry, and Museum merchandise, as well as a Ketubah/bridal and Bar/Bat Mitzvah registry. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00am - 5:30pm. Museum admission not required. Or shop online.


Stay the night with special hotel discounts for NMAJH guests. Visit Staying Overnight.



The Museum entrance is wheelchair accessible. All floors, including gallery, dining, and store levels are accessible and can be reached by elevator.

Standard wheelchairs are available on a limited basis at the Admissions Desk. Reservations cannot be reserved in advance; first-come, first served basis. Free of charge; a form of ID is required in exchange.

Audio, Visual, and Additional Resources

Film and video clips in the galleries are captioned.

Assistive listening devices are available for special programs in the Dell Theater.
Way-finding signage includes Braille.
Service animals are welcome in the Museum.

Many gallery spaces contain narrated exhibit components, triggered by proximity or touch.
While most artifacts and objects on view cannot be touched, the Museum offers several tactile elements (primarily geared to children), such as costumes and props.

Paid personal care attendants (PCA) accompanying visitors with disabilities will be admitted for free. These tickets may be obtained at the Admissions Desk. For tickets to public programs, reserve a PCA ticket in advance by calling (215) 923-3811. Complimentary PCA tickets are not available online.

If you have a particular accessibility need, please contact us in advance (at least two weeks is recommended) of your visit. We are happy to arrange on-site assistance when you arrive.

Sensory Backpacks are available on a first come, first served basis and can be reserved at the Front Desk. Backpacks contain emotion, action, and general Museum communication cards, noise-reducing headphones, a weighted compression shoulder pad, fidget tools, and tinted glasses to avoid over stimulation. 

Prepare for your visit with the Museum's Social Story here.


My admission ticket says 10:00am. Will I be let in if I arrive later in the day?

Yes, admission tickets are good for the entire day. You can arrive at your convenience.

Are admission tickets required in advance?

No. Admission purchased online are available at a discounted rate. Tickets are available at the door.

How much time should I allot for a visit?

Most visitors spend at least 2 hours at the Museum.

Do you offer group rates?

Yes, group rates are available for groups of 15 or more people. Advanced reservations are required. For more information, visit Group Visits and Tours.

Are guided tours available?

Yes, please see above for information on guided tours.

Is the Museum open on Saturdays? What Jewish holidays are observed?

Yes, the Museum is open from 10:00am - 5:30pm on Saturday with normal operations. For a holiday hours, visit Hours and Admission.

Is the Museum open on Christmas?

Yes, the Museum is open on Christmas. The Museum closes at 3:00pm on Christmas Eve. Learn more about annual family fun day, Being ___ at Christmas.

Is there an on-site restaurant? Is it kosher?

The Museum does not have a restaurant. There is a cafe, located in the Museum Store, which offers coffee and tea, cold beverages, and small, kosher, packaged goods (granola bars, candy, yogurt, etc.).

Is outside food permitted?

No, with the exception of water bottles and special dietary or medical needs.

Is there a gift shop?

Yes. The Museum Store offers a wide variety of contemporary and traditional Judaica, gifts, jewelry, and Museum merchandise, as well as Ketubah/bridal and Bar/Bat Mitzvah registries. Museum admission is not required to visit the Museum Store. It is open during regular Museum hours.

How can I make a donation to the Museum

Please contact Cobi Weissbach, the Museum’s Director of Development, at 215.923.3811 x 131 or at

How do I become a Museum Member?

Visit Membership for more information, or contact the Membership Office at 215-923-3811 x106

Can I make a donation in honor of someone?

Yes, visit Tribute Gifts for more information.

Can I share an idea for a special exhibition?

Yes! We'd love to hear your ideas. Please tell us by completing the Exhibition Proposal Form.

Can I drop off an artifact or object?

No, the Museum cannot accept drop-offs and accept no responsibility for any object mailed to or left at the Museum without prior consultation and approval. Walk-in appointments with the Collections Committee are also not available. Please submit any inquiry regarding your object in writing, to the attention of the Curatorial Department.

Can the Museum appraise an object?

No, Museum staff does not conduct appraisals for the public.

Can the Museum conserve my object?

No, the Museum staff does not perform conservation work for the public. To find a conservator, visit theAmerican Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

How can I volunteer?

For more information, visit Volunteering at NMAJH.

Are internships available?

Yes, undergraduate and graduate students interested can visit Internships for more information.

Can I host a private event at the Museum?

Absolutely! For information, visit Event Space.

How can I stay in touch?

For a list of upcoming programs, visit the Programs Calendar.
For NMAJH in the news, visit the Press Room.

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