Location: 1109 Fifth Ave., New York
In 2004, The Jewish Museum celebrates its Centennial year, marking the gift, in 1904, of 26 Jewish ceremonial art objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary by Judge Mayer Sulzberger. Over the past 100 years, the Museum has assumed its role as a major cultural institution for New York City and the world. The Jewish Museum is an art museum exploring Jewish culture. It is both a source of inspiration and knowledge for an audience of visitors of all cultural backgrounds, and a special touchstone of identity for a diverse population of Jewish people. As we begin the Museum‘s second century, we invite you to a virtual exploration of an institution in which past and present meet to pose questions and foster dialogue about the future.
Our Home. In 1944, Frieda Schiff Warburg, widow of the prominent businessman and philanthropist, Felix Warburg, donated the family mansion on Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street for use as the Museum. Located along New York‘s prestigious Museum Mile, this elegant landmark structure, in the style of a French Gothic chateau, has been our home since 1947. In 1993 an ambitious expansion and renovation project doubled the gallery space, added a glorious permanent exhibition, created classrooms and an auditorium for educational programs, and improved public amenities, including a café.
Our Collection. Through more than 28,000 objects including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media, the Museum‘s collection demonstrates Jewish identity and its evolution through visual art. It is one of the largest, most extensive collections of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.