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American Jewish Museums: Trends and Issues

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Publication Date: January 1991

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Ruth R. Seldin

Series: American Jewish Year Book vol.91 (1991), pp.71-117.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Museums, memorials, and monuments)
Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: History; Informal Education; Jewish Culture; Museums

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author looks at the rise of the American Jewish museum. She states that museums devoted to Jewish content have been multiplying rapidly in the United States, becoming a significant feature of the
cultural landscape. While the spotlight of publicity has been focused on the national Holocaust museum rising on the Mall in Washington, D.C., and on similar institutions in New York, Los Angeles, and points in between, these museums are in fact part of a larger phenomenon of Jewish museum growth that has been taking place, largely unheralded, since the end of World War II.