Important Update

To ensure compliance with local health and safety guidelines, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose) with matching ID is required for all visitors 12 and older. Starting January 29, 2022, children ages 5 to 11 must also show proof of full vaccination. You can provide proof of vaccination by displaying it on your smartphone, by presenting a physical copy, or by using the New York State Excelsior Pass or NYC COVID Safe App (Android | iOS). Other acceptable forms of COVID-19 vaccination proof are the CDC Vaccination Card or NYC Vaccination Record. If you received the vaccine outside the U.S., you must have an official immunization record that includes:

  • First name and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the WHO are acceptable)
  • Date(s) administered
  • Site where the vaccine was administered, or name of the person who administered it

Mask wearing is mandatory throughout the building.

The Center for Jewish History reserves the right to ask for a negative COVID-19 test from all visitors regardless of vaccination status.

Guests who are unable to comply with the proof-of-vaccination requirements of the Center and Emergency Executive Order 225 and who require special accommodation should call Visitor Services at (212) 294-8301, to schedule an appointment in advance.

Hours of Operation

The Center for Jewish History is located at 15 West 16th St. in Manhattan's Union Square neighborhood.

Monday-Thursday: 10am-4pm
Lillian Goldman Reading Room: by appointment only
Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute: Walk-ins are permitted, based on availability, though appointments are recommended.

Exhibition spaces are now open. Visitors are encouraged to register for advance tickets. Please present mobile or printed tickets for entry. Guests may also register at the front desk upon arrival.

Mon-Wed: 10am-4pm
Thurs: 10am-8pm
Fri: 10am-3pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: May 22, June 26, July 24 and August 28: 11am-5pm

Last entry to the Center for Jewish History exhibition spaces is 30 minutes before closing.

Free guided tours of the Center are available on Thursdays at 2 pm beginning December 16th. Advance tickets required here.

Please note our new mandatory safety requirements in the Important Update section above.

Coat check is available to guests, but we ask that you leave suitcases, large bags, and items such as bicycles, scooters, and skateboards at home.

At this time, food and beverages are prohibited throughout the building.

Wheelchairs are available to those who need them. Please ask the Front Desk when you arrive. If you need additional assistance call (212) 294-8301.

Getting to the Center by Subway

4,5,6, L, N, Q, and R trains to the 14th Street and Union Square station.
F, M, L, and PATH trains to the 14th Street and 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) station.
1, 2, and 3 trains to the 14th Street and 7th Avenue station.

Click here for a subway map.

Getting to the Center by Bus

Fifth Avenue
M1, M2, and M3 to 17th Street

Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas)
M7 and M55 to 15th Street

14th Street
M14 bus to 5th Avenue

Click here for bus schedules.


The Center is able to offer visitors discounted parking at the following location:

SP+ Parking
20 East 16th Street between 5th Ave. and Union Square West
$30.00 (Maximum of 8 Hours)
Coupon required, more info can be found here

Overnight free parking is available on 16th and 17th Streets subject to parking regulations between 6 pm and 7 am but not allowed during the day. Metered parking can be found on 5th Avenue and on 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas). Parking is free on Sundays.

All coats and bags must be checked for the Reading Room and Genealogy Institute. Backpacks and larger bags are not permitted in the gallery spaces. Unless otherwise noted, non-flash photography is permitted for noncommercial use only.

The Center for Jewish History is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and all major Jewish and national holidays.

Please feel free to contact us at (212) 294-8301 for more information.