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Museum of Jewish Heritage

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Basic Information

Location 36 Battery Place, New York, NY
Country United States
City New York City
Address Brooklyn

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 40.70611,-74.01827


The Museum of Jewish Heritage, located in lower Manhattan, is a living memorial to those who perished in the Holocaust. The Museum honors those who died by celebrating their lives – cherishing the traditions that they embraced, examining their achievements and faith, and affirming the vibrant worldwide Jewish community that is their legacy today. The building, designed by Roche-Dinkeloo, is topped by a pyramid structure called the Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

Since the Museum first opened its doors in 1997, visitors of all ages and backgrounds have gained a perspective on 20th and 21st century Jewish history and heritage. Now in its second decade, the Museum has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors from all over the world.

The two Biblical quotes that define the Museum’s mission – “Remember, Never Forget” and “There Is Hope For Your Future” – also define the Museum's perspective on the events of the 20th and 21st century Jewish experience. Although the Museum centers on life before, during, and after the Holocaust, the obligation to remember is enriched and enhanced by a commitment to the principles of social justice, education, and culture in the Jewish community and beyond.

Included in the Museum are special exhibitions, public programming, and contemplative spaces, which are intended to enrich the visitor experience.

History and time period

The Museum of Jewish Heritage was incorporated and chartered in 1984, dedicated in 1986, and built between 1994 and 1997 in New York City's Battery Park City. The Museum's $21.5 million building, designed by architect Kevin Roche opened to the public on September 15, 1997.

Its origins go back to Mayor Ed Koch's appointment of a Task Force on the Holocaust in 1981. The Task Force recommended the creation of a Museum. The New York City Holocaust Memorial Commission, established in 1982, was reincorporated in 1986 as the New York Holocaust Memorial Commission, with Governor Mario Cuomo and Mayor Ed Koch, as well as George Klein, Robert M. Morgenthau and Manfred Ohrenstein and Peter Cohen as chairmen of its board.

In 1990, the Museum merged with the Center for Holocaust Studies in Brooklyn. Architect Kevin Roche begin designing the Museum in 1993. In the same year, Howard J. Rubinstein also joined the Museum's board.

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