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When You Arrive

  • We want the Museum to be a safe place, which is why everyone has to be checked by security. It's quick and the guards are friendly.

  • Are you carrying a backpack, umbrella, shopping bag, or any bag bigger than 11 x 14 inches? Unburden yourself at our coatroom. You'll enjoy your visit more with a lighter load and less chance of bumping into valuable artwork.

  • Why bother lugging your laptop or suitcase? We can't hold them for you and luggage isn't allowed inside the building.

  • For more information on security, please call 212-423-3213.


Protecting the Art

  • We know visiting museums can really work up an appetite, but eating and drinking in the galleries just isn't kosher. Fortunately, our cafe is!
    Visit Lox on B level when hunger strikes you.

  • The artists in our exhibitions use every kind of media—ink, paint, charcoal, gouache, etc. If you’re feeling inspired while you're here, please write or sketch in pencil!

  • Non-flash photography is permitted for personal, noncommercial use except where noted. Flash photography, videography and the use of tripods are not permitted.

  • If you've ever ridden on a crowded bus or subway car, you know the value of personal space. We hope you’ll honor the artworks by keeping a safe distance.


Mobile Devices

  • Feel free to text, tweet or listen to audio tours during your visit. As a courtesy to other visitors, we ask that you please set your phone to vibrate and take all voice calls outside of the galleries. For the best service, connect to our free wifi during your visit.


Visiting with Small Children

  • We love having kids visit, however there may not be enough room for strollers in the special exhibition galleries. Umbrella strollers are welcome in the rest of the Museum and a limited number are available for loan from the coat room.

  • For more Tips for Visiting with Kids click here.


Free Saturdays

  • In Judaism Saturday = Sabbath, a day of rest, free from the concerns of schedules, everyday work and commerce. For this reason interactive exhibitions and electronics, the Shops, Cafe, and the children's exhibition will not be available, and we don't charge admission.
    That's right, Saturdays are free!


Special Assistance

  • Wheelchairs are available and may be reserved at the Museum in advance by calling 212-423-3213.

  • Click here for information about the Museum's other Access services and programs including sign language interpreted tours, large print and Braille panels, and assistive listening system.


Lost and Found

  • Missing something? Visitors who have lost items should call 212-423-3213.


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Image credits: Backpack, Rémy Médard; Camera, Stephen West; Cell Phone, Andrew Forrester; Wheelchair, Pjotr, all from The Noun Project

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

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