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Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces

Permanent Exhibition


Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces is inspired by the Museum's renowned collection of extraordinary art and artifacts. Children will be invited to discover the world of archaeology through a fascinating in-depth study of art and artifacts from ancient times to the present day. They will explore the methods employed by archaeologists after an excavation occurs, specifically, how they analyze the objects that have been unearthed. The exhibition will illuminate how the analysis of artifacts teaches us about the development of art and cultures over time, while establishing connections to objects and ideas in our daily lives.

Assuming the role of the archaeologist, children will embark on an exciting adventure where they will encounter unusual objects and determine how and why they were made. Children will piece together two larger-than-life vessels, examine replicas through weighing and magnifying, interpret symbols in a colorful mosaic, create works of art inspired by unique objects in the Museum's collection, dress in costumes from long ago, and much more. This exhibition will also include an introductory video, original artifacts, and colorful illustrations that will provide a visual context for how objects were used and preserved over time.


Please note: This exhibition is open Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
Hours and Admission

Second Sundays:Drop-In Dig
12:00 - 3:00 pm
Open on Second Sundays September through June.

Related Past Exhibition:
The Dead Sea Scrolls:
Mysteries of the Ancient World

September 21, 2008 - January 04, 2009

Archaeology Zone is funded through a generous grant from the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, Inc. Additional support was provided by COTRONICS CORPORATION - Eleanore E. and Barry D. Reznik.


Plan Your Visit

The Jewish Museum - 5th Avenue
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York NY 10128