Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Where-To-Go Wednesday - National Museum of American Jewish History

We were not financially compensated for this post. We received free tickets to the museum for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are our own based on our experiences at the museum.

What: National Museum of American Jewish History

Where: 101 S. Independence Mall E.
           Philadelphia, PA

Who: All Ages

Our view: The National Museum of American Jewish History is a great place for all ages, and you definitely don't have to be Jewish to enjoy it. For adults, there are a lot of interesting exhibits. There are artifacts including Steve Spielberg's first camera and Irving Berlin's piano. There are films; both informative films and films that are purely entertainment and there are many many pictures. For children, there are many interactive and fun exhibits. They can try on old fashioned clothing or sit on an old fashioned bed. They can pretend to cook in a covered wagon. There is even a place they can climb. That is only a small fraction of the fun things for children to do and explore at the museum. One of our favorite parts of the museum was the special exhibit Chasing Dreams Baseball and the American Experience. This exhibit highlights not only Jewish players but all immigrants and minorities who changed baseball. As part of the exhibit, you will find Jackie Robinson's jacket and Sandy Koufax's Cy Young award as well as many other artifacts including many vintage baseball cards. If you are a fan of baseball and/or history you especially won't want to miss this special exhibit. Children will enjoy this exhibit as well since like the rest of the museum, this exhibit includes many fun interactive areas. There is a  place where you can simulate catching a baseball. There is a place where you can actually pretend to throw a baseball off a mound with real balls.The balls are soft and squishy, however, and not regulation hard baseballs that would be used in a real game. There is even a place where you can pretend to stand in a clubhouse and you can actually try on a baseball uniform shirt. While the special baseball exhibit  is there, the museum is even featuring special screenings of famous baseball movies including children's movies, such as The Bad News Bears and The Sandlot and more adult movies, such as, The Natural and Bull Durham. The special baseball exhibit will be at the museum through October 26. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 to 5:00 and Saturday and Sunday  10:00 to 5:30. We would recommend giving yourself plenty of time at the museum as there is so much to see and do. Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $11.00 for over age 65 or ages 13-21. Children 12 and under and active military with ID are free. For more information go to http://www.nmajh.org/.
And that's our view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topic post where we will be talking more about the National Museum of American Jewish History.


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