The mission of the Museum is to restore and sustain the National Historic Landmark 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, and to offer cultural and educational programs that explore Jewish American traditions, history and culture; immigrant, urban, and New York City history; and the forms and language of architectural and cultural preservation.
Discover the history, architecture and spiritual significance of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, the first great house of worship built by East European immigrants in America. The Museum is open Sunday — Thursday from 10am to 5pm, and Friday from 10am to 3pm.
Explore the history and continuing vibrancy of our gateway Lower East Side neighborhood along with some delicious local eateries (think pickles and bialys!) on our neighborhood walking tours.
Concerts, lectures, festivals, and more! Don’t miss our annual Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival in June and other cultural events that draw inspiration from our landmark site and its dynamic immigrant
Bring your students for an unforgettable educational experience. Explore our on-line teacher’s resources. Use our interactive historic map of Lower Manhattan to teach about immigration history.
Calling all Detectives! Go on a hunt for history the second Sunday of each month at 11 am as part of our Preservation Detectives family program. We provide the binoculars, magnifying glass and note pad. You
uncover the art, architecture and mystery of our landmark site.
Become a docent and share the story of our landmark building with people from around the world. Gain experience into the workings of a non-profit through our student internship program, and immerse yourself in Jewish history, culture and architecture.
Make new memories at Eldridge Street. Celebrate your important occasion in a National Historic Landmark located in the heart of New York’s Lower East Side.
Kiki Smith & Deborah Gans Installation
Come see our newest addition — a monumental new stained-glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. This permanent artwork is the culminating piece of the Museum’s 20-plus year restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue.
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Explore historical artifacts and documents, Judaica, Yiddish signs, and our interactive displays which were the recipient of the American Association of Museum’s Gold Award for Interactive Installation. The Museum’s permanent exhibition tells the story of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and the Jewish Lower East Side. Installation. The upstairs Women’s Gallery is home to an exhibit on the synagogue restoration. Our Family History Center features a display of historic Lower East Side photographs, and a small changing exhibit relating to the stories of families with connections to the Lower East Side.
The magnificent sanctuary you will discover on your visit to the Museum at Eldridge Street is the is the result of a loving and meticulous twenty-year restoration.
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