Pre-K-12 Groups

Make the Jewish Museum your classroom through thematic gallery tours that build on curricula, contextualize artworks, and incorporate activities and inquiry-based discussion. The Museum also offers customizable group visits to classes whose students have special needs.

Language Arts

Writing Through Art

3 – 12

By analyzing works of art, students gain insight into how art can inspire creative writing and how writing can be a powerful means of engaging with the visual world. Tours may focus on poetry, narrative, and language development. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Ken Aptekar, I Hate the Name Kenneth, 1996.

Language Arts

Objects Tell Stories

K – 5

By analyzing paintings, photographs, and sculptures, students gain insight into how artists use color and form to convey meaning. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Raphael Soyer, Dancing Lesson, 1926.


Cultural Exchange

4 – 12

How does a culture or community retain its sense of identity when sharing environment, technology, art and ideas with other cultures? Students view art and artifacts that reflect the dynamic cultural exchanges between many cultures. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Portion of a Synagogue Wall, Isfahan, 16th century CE

History and Global Studies

The Immigrant Experience

3 – 12

Why do people move from one country to another and what do they bring with them or leave behind? Through examination and discussion of works of art and artifacts, students consider the personal and communal experience of immigration. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Maurycy Minkowski, After the Pogrom, c. 1910

Art Materials and Process

Materials in Art

Pre-K – 5

Students view works of art made from various types of materials – from wire to window frames – and consider the choices artists make. In the studio, students experiment with everyday objects to create their own works of art. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Larry Rivers, Portrait of Vera List, c. 1965, Gift of Vera G. List, 1984-21. Art © Estate of Larry Rivers/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Ritual and Ceremony

Ceremonial Objects

K – 12

Examine ritual objects and related paintings to explore how artists merge artistic style with function. Students learn about Jewish culture and ceremonies by considering how these objects are used. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Moshe Zabari, Torah Crown, 1969. 

Ritual and Ceremony

Festivals of Light

K – 4

Explore the role of light in the Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa holidays and view the Museum’s spectacular collection of Hanukkah lamps. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Matthew McCaslin, Being the Light, 2000.

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Archaeological Dig: Exploring the Ancient World


Students make connections between past and present, discover artifacts from ancient cultures, and learn about excavations in the Museum’s hands-on simulated archaeological dig. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Horse Figurine, Israel, 1000-586 B.C.E.

Camp Groups

Inspire your summer charges through specially designed Museum tours for camp groups. During these engaging themed visits, campers may embark on animal hunts, dig for treasure, or create works of art from familiar, everyday objects.

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

Digging for Treasures

Pre-K – 6

Uncover artifacts from the past in the Museum's simulated archaeological dig. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Bull Figurine, Syria, 2000-1750 B.C.E., Gift of the Betty and Max Ratner Collection, 1981-156. Photo by Ardon Bar Hama

Art Materials and Process

From Head to Toe

Pre-K – 12

Learn how body language and facial expression can convey meaning in portraits. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Self-Portrait, 1814-16. Purchase: Anonymous gift in memory of Curtis Hereld; Esther Leah Ritz Bequest; Fine Arts Acquisitions Committee Fund; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Jaffin, by exchange; and Abraham Aaroni and Ruth Taub Bequests, 2008-137

Art Materials and Process

Windows, Wire, Wood

Pre-K – 12

Examine various materials and everyday objects used to create exciting works of art. BOOK THIS PROGRAM

Larry Rivers, Portrait of Vera List, c. 1965, Gift of Vera G. List, 1984-21. Art © Estate of Larry Rivers/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Adult Groups

Plan a unique, unforgettable experience at the Jewish Museum for your group with a guided tour of the Museum’s permanent collection exhibition, Culture & Continuity: The Jewish Journey, or one of our current or upcoming exhibitions. Works of art on view are brought to life through a lively docent-led tour, elaborating on themes addressed in the galleries.

Please email or call the scheduling coordinator at 212.423.3225 to book a visit for your group.

Installation view of Chagall: Love, War, and Exile, © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

University Groups

The Jewish Museum invites professors and students to engage with our collection and special exhibitions through close looking, guided conversations, and studio workshops. Our university programs aim to provide accessible and flexible formats for incorporating art in the Museum into teaching, learning, and making.

Conversations with Art
University classes may book hour-long visits to our temporary exhibitions or permanent collection, guided by the Museum’s educators and curators. Conversations with Art can be tailored to specific class topics.

Studio Workshops
We offer university studio workshops in tandem with our special exhibitions. Following a guided conversation about art on view in the Museum, students participate in related creative practices by making their own work with a teaching artist in our studio.

Please email or call the scheduling coordinator at 212.423.3279 to book a visit for your group.

Installation view of Jack Goldstein × 10,000, The Jewish Museum, New York. Photo by David Andrako.