Address
515 West 20th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
Suite 4E
New York, NY 10011
Hours
Open to the public during the hours below and during select holidays and school vacations. See website for details.
Sunday2 PM - 5 PM

Open for organized field trips on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays by appointment. Please call Olivia Gradess at 212-924-4500, ext. 1# for more information.
Sunday9 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuesday9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday9 AM - 5 PM
Admissions
Admission: $8 per person
Members: Free
Annual family membership for up to a family of five: $35
School field trips: $3 or $4 per student (minimum of $50 or $65)
Services
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Juki Weinfeld, Executive Director
Stacey Martin, Coordinator of Education and Outreach
Nora Eakin, Office Manager

Description

As of Nov 28,2012

The website has been redirected to a Japanese company and the phone is disconnected. Only a Facebook link still exist for this listing. We can not verify that that this facility is still operational.

The Children's Galleries for Jewish Culture is home to two fully interactive and hands-on exhibitions for families with children ages 5-12 and schools serving children between second and sixth grade.

From Home to Home: Jewish Immigration to America

The exhibition enhances the study of immigration, American history, and diversity through child oriented entry points and captivating problem solving activities. It uses Jewish immigration to exemplify those issues of the immigrant experience that are common to all immigrants, wherever they come from.

Children use a scale to weigh tangible arguments for staying or leaving, peek into miniature dioramas of life in many periods and places, and participate in a family conversation at a dinner table in Germany in the wake of the Nuremberg Laws.

Packing scaled down objects in trunks, children decide which of their possessions are truly important to them, and then explore the reasons for which particular belongings were brought along by the immigrants.

Once in America, children shop in a supermarket in which everything is written in a language they don't understand and packaged in unfamiliar boxes. They try to fit a family of ten into a small apartment and peek into miniature dioramas again, this time to see scenes from life in the new country.

Children build their own neighborhoods and decide on the character of a community through a democratic process. They dress immigrant children in new American clothes.

Just like real advertisers, they add "old country" elements to local products to make them more attractive to the immigrants, and "Americanize" products brought along by immigrants.

From Home to Home complements aspects of the Social Studies curriculum, and encourages children to practice skills such as the ability to obtain information from primary documents, to link cause and effect, to infer and to make predictions.


From Tent to Temple: Life in the Ancient Near East

All children will benefit from a visit to this vibrant exhibition that integrates science, geography, art and archaeology with social, ethical, and psychological issues. The exhibition animates and complements the study of ancient cultures, basic needs, natural resources, technologies and comparative religions and communities around the world through experiential and hands-on problem solving activities.

The 55 interactive stations engage children in an active exploration of four major topics: food, shelter, clothing and adornment, and archaeology. Children view, manipulate and describe in detail artifacts to strengthen their observational and deductive skills.

In the food section, children examine the concept of a balanced diet and create a meal from foods of the ancient Near East. They see how important water is and discover how food was procured. They hunt for food, grind wheat and invent cooking implements.

In the section about shelter and building, children explore geography as a factor in settlement and styles of building. They weave cloth for a tent, build a farmhouse, explore the simple machines used in the building of pyramids and temples, and "import" the materials used in the construction of Solomon's temple.

Exploring clothing and adornment, children find out where fabrics and precious materials came from, and dress a mannequin in period costumes representing the styles of the ancient Near East.

In the fourth section, children engage in an archaeological excavation to figure out how archaeological finds help historians create a tangible portrayal of the lives of people in the "cradle of civilization."

Mission

The Children's Galleries for Jewish Culture is a non-religious organization that engages schoolchildren and families in an active, hands-on exploration of history and culture in non-threatening and inclusive ways to benefit the diverse Jewish community and the community at large.

History

Educational Programs

The Children's Galleries for Jewish Culture, a non-religious institution, is home to two curriculum-based and fully interactive exhibitions which are great for class trips for students grades 2-6. From Home to Home: Jewish Immigration to America enhances the study of immigration, American history, and diversity by using Jewish immigration to exemplify and highlight the universal aspects of the immigrant experience. From Tent to Temple: Life in the Ancient Near East uses science, geography, art, and archaeology in its experiential, problem-solving activities to animate the study of Mesopotamia and Egypt, basic needs, technology, and natural resources.

Supports NY State and National Learning Standards in: The Arts, English, Math, History/Social Studies, Science, Technology.

Supports Scout Merit Badge Achievement in: The Arts, Social Studies, Science/Technology.

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Restrooms

    Services

    Special Event Rental

    Group Tours