The Center for Jewish History is located at 15 West 16th St. in Manhattan's Union Square neighborhood.
No appointments are required for the Genealogy Institute. Appointments are recommended for the Reading Room, though walk-ins are permitted, based on availability.
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.
Please note: Yeshiva University Museum's The Golden Path: Maimonides Across Eight Centuries exhibit is closed on Fridays.
Last entry to the Center for Jewish History exhibition spaces is 30 minutes before closing.
Make sure to check our holiday closures prior to visiting. Guests who require special accommodation should call Visitor Services at (212) 294-8301, to schedule an appointment in advance.
Free guided tours of the Center are available on Thursdays at 2 pm. Advance tickets required here.
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. All bags, briefcases, purses, and strollers are subject to search. Any person who causes a disturbance will be asked to leave. The following items are not permitted in the Center for Jewish History
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. The Center for Jewish History has a designated family room for nursing mothers and caregivers who need a private space to feed infants and young children.
Photography and videography in the public areas of the Center for Jewish History (the Center), without the use of flash or other supplemental lighting, is permitted for non-commercial, personal, or educational use only, subject to the following conditions:
Any use of images obtained in the public areas of the Center for commercial purposes or distribution, or in any publication intended for sale, is strictly prohibited without permission granted in writing by the Center; any permission granted will require that any such posting shall credit the Center for Jewish History as the site where such image was obtained. Please address permission request to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Center offers specially designed in-person tours on Thursdays at 2 pm that allow the visitor to view the exhibitions of four of our distinguished partners, American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The tour lasts 1 to 1 ½ hours and includes a tour of the facilities and exhibitions, the Collection Management and Conservation Wing, the Lillian Goldman Reading Room and the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute. Tours are led by trained, experienced docents. Advance registration required here.
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.
M1, M2, and M3 to 17th Street
Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas)
M7 and M55 to 15th Street
M14 bus to 5th Avenue
The Center is able to offer visitors discounted parking at the following location:
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 and all major Jewish and national holidays.
Please feel free to contact us at (212) 294-8301 for more information.