Museum of Jewish Heritage: the New York Holocaust memorial

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Within walking distance of the Freedom Tower, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, The Oculus and the boarding points to reach the Statue of Liberty by ferry, the Museum of Jewish Heritage it is a fundamental museum for understanding the life of many Jews before, during and after the Holocaust.


  • What is the Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • Where is it and how to get there
  • Tickets and Opening Hours
  • Why visit and what to see
  • Where to sleep in the area

What is the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Opened in 1997, the Museum of Jewish Heritage is a place of remembrance not to forget the horrors of the Holocaust and its mission is to educate and empower its visitors about the dangers of intolerance.

Il motto of the museum is the following 'The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York's contribution to the global responsibility to never forget', or the Museum of Jewish Heritage - the living Holocaust memorial is New York's contribution to responsibility global to never forget.

Also the location of the museum is evocative: in front of it the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island mark the way through which millions of refugees arrived in American territory to escape Nazi oppression, while the buildings and skyscrapers of the new World Trade Center stand out a short distance away, a symbol of memory and rebirth.

Where is it and how to get there

The Museum of Jewish Heritage is located at 36 of Battery Place a Manhattan.

Thanks to its location close to major New York attractions, the museum is easily accessible by public transportation.

With the metro you can take:

  • lines 4/5 and get off at Bowling Green. From the station walk to Battery Place;
  • Line 1 and get off at Rector Street. Continue south on Greenwich Street and then turn right into Battery Place;
  • the R line and get off at Whitehall Street or Rector Street. If you get off at Whitehall Street go west to reach Battery Place.

If you have any doubts about how to use the metro, I suggest you read our article.

The museum is also easily accessible with bus. The M20 line has a stop in front of the museum entrance. The M5 and M15 lines stop at South Ferry, while if you take the M9 line the best stop is West Thames. There is also one free line, the Downtown Connection Bus, which connects Battery Park City with South Street Seaport: among the numerous stops there is also one in front of the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

The stops of taxi closest are at Battery Place or across from the Ritz-Carlton.

There is a rental station at the intersection of West Street and 1st Place bicycles of the Citi Bike.

If you are in a car, i parking lots of GGMC at 21 3rd Place, between Battery Place and South End Avenue, and 50 Battery Place offer a discount for museum visitors. Remember to present the parking receipt at the museum ticket office to get the discount.

Tickets and Opening Hours

The Museum of Jewish Heritage is open:

  • Wednesdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00,
  • Thursdays from 10:00 to 20:00,
  • on Friday from 10:00 to 15:00.

The museum is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. In addition, the museum is closed on Thanksgiving and major Jewish holidays.

Il ticket entrance costs:

  • $ 18.00 for adults,
  • $ 12.00 for seniors, students, veterans and the disabled.

Children under 12 enter for free. Admission to the Museum of Jewish Heritage is included in the Sightseeing Pass Flex and Day.

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The museum offers guided tours for $ 15 per person and tours for student groups of 10-30 for $ 100 per group. It is also possible to book virtual tours of the museum and the exhibits present.

Why visit and what to see

The museum of the Jewish heritage of New York is among the largest in the world: it is developed in two buildings. The main one is the work of Roche-Dinkeloo and is a hexagonal palace with pyramidal roof. The six points are reminiscent of the Star of David and the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. A short distance away is the second building, also the work of Roche-Dinkeloo. Called Robert M. Morgenthau Wing, houses the museum offices, some classrooms, a theater and the Irving Schneider and Family gallery.

Inside the museum you will find ben 30.000 finds linked to the history of the Jewish people and the Holocaust. You will be able to see photos and objects of Jewish families such as candlesticks, wooden clogs, toys, textiles, musical instruments and diaries. Also you will find a 1927 edition of Mein Kampf that belonged to Heinrich Himmler with numerous notes in the margins written by himself.

They also belong to the museum's collection 3.800 audio and video testimonials of survivors of concentration camps, of rescuers and of Jewish soldiers who through their vivid stories bring us back to the terrible moments they experienced firsthand.

Where to sleep in the area

The Museum of the Jewish Heritage is located south of Manhattan, in the area known as Lower Manhattan. This area is well connected to other New York boroughs and offers many attractions, from Ground Zero to Wall Street, from Battery Park to ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. In addition, SoHo and Tribeca are within walking distance with a leisurely stroll.

Staying in this area, therefore, is a great idea. For hotels in this area or for suggestions on other areas to sleep in New York, I refer you to our dedicated article.

Our tips on where to sleep in New York

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