What’s old is new again at Independence Mall in Philadelphia as the National Museum of American Jewish History joins Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell and other historic landmarks in the heart of America’s hallowed birthplace. On November 13th, the long anticipated Museum will open it’s door for a star studded gala celebration, featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler and Vice President Joe Biden. The National Museum of American Jewish History is the only museum dedicated solely to telling the story of Jews in America, and yours truly will be there to witness this historical event!!
The magnificent $150 million, 100,000-square-foot museum explores the universal themes of freedom, civil rights and assimilation as told through the life experiences, struggles, and triumphs of American Jews. 25,000 square feet of gallery space features interactive technology, compelling artifacts, and immersion environments. Visitors will explore the choices and challenges faced by Jews since their arrival on this continent in 1654, played out across three-and-half floors.
- Did you know there were 8000 Jews in the Civil War?
- Did you know Benjamin Franklin pledged five pounds (worth approximately $800 in today’s dollars) in support of a synagogue for “the people of the Hebrew society in the city of Philadelphia.”
- You can submit a family story and view the stories of others as well http://www.nmajh.org/stories
- You can see the original typewriter used by Schindler and see the actual list
What an amazing place to plan a family vacation, bringing along all generations; those who lived the story, those who heard the story and those who will now understand their heritage. From Generation to Generation, the story is told and now the newest generations will experience the Jewish Journey.
The Museum doesn’t officially open to the public until November 26th, and please note the hours of operation, because they are not open on Saturday due to the Sabbath. If you are thinking about a historical family trip, or a weekend getaway, Philadelphia and its newest addition makes a wonderful destination.
Stay tuned for more information about the museum from the Gala Opening, by following us on Twitter (WGTravelTips) on Saturday Night, November 13th. I’ll be sending out all the info about the museum while rubbing elbows with all the celebs!