Yeshiva University Museum
The Yeshiva University Museum in the Center for Jewish History on 16th Street in Manhattan
Yeshiva University Museum is located in Manhattan
Yeshiva University Museum
Location within New York City
Location15 West 16th Street, New York City, New York
Coordinates40°44′17″N 73°59′38″W / 40.738056°N 73.993889°W / 40.738056; -73.993889
Public transit accessSubway: "4" train"5" train"6" train"6" express train"L" train"N" train"Q" train"R" train"W" train at 14th Street–Union Square

The Yeshiva University Museum is a teaching museum and the cultural arm of Yeshiva University. Along with the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, New York, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, it is a member organization of the Center for Jewish History, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

History and mission

The museum was founded in 1973. Its mission is to celebrate the culturally diverse intellectual and artistic achievements of 3,000 years of Jewish experience. The museum aims to provide a window into Jewish culture around the world and throughout history through multi-disciplinary exhibitions and publications. Following the retirement of Sylvia A. Herskowitz, Dr. Jacob Wisse was appointed the museum’s director on February 26, 2009.


The museum’s collection of more than 8,000 artifacts includes fine and folk art, ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, clothing and textiles, Jewish ceremonial art objects, documents, books, and manuscripts.

Highlights of the collection include:

Yeshiva University Museum’s holdings embrace several significant collections of Jewish art and material culture, including:

Facilities and programs

The museum consists of four galleries, an exhibition arcade, an outdoor sculpture garden, a docent lounge, a children’s workshop room, and a suite of offices. Other Center for Jewish History facilities include a 250-seat handicapped-accessible auditorium and projection room, meeting rooms, a lunchroom, and a kosher café.

The museum produces two types of exhibitions, usually shown concurrently: one examining a Jewish community or historic event, and the other featuring contemporary artists working on Jewish themes. The museum occasionally presents traveling exhibitions. Other offerings include family craft workshops, lectures, films, concerts, and multilingual exhibition tours in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian, and Yiddish.

The Yeshiva University Museum’s outreach programs work with New York City public schools to provide students with art education and teachers with professional development. The New York State Council on the Arts, Project Arts of the New York City Board of Education, and the bilingual education program Title VII support these programs. A founding member of the Council of American Jewish Museums, Yeshiva University Museum plays a leading role in encouraging the growth of emerging museums and in developing conservation and preservation techniques for all Jewish museums.


See also

List of university art museums and galleries in New York State


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