Release Date: September 6, 2017

The Jewish Museum’s Exhibition Galleries to Be Open for Free on Select Jewish Holidays Beginning October 5

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NEW YORK, NY, September 6, 2017 – The Jewish Museum — open to the public for free on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, since 2006 — will offer additional free admission days on select Jewish holidays. The Museum will continue to be closed on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur.

These new free admission days will provide additional time for visitors to see the Museum’s exhibitions, starting in October with Modigliani Unmasked, featuring early drawings by Amedeo Modigliani acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Paul Alexandre, his close friend and first patron, as well as a selection of Modigliani’s paintings, sculptures, and other drawings from collections around the world.

In observance of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, Passover, and Shavuot, admission will be free and the shops will be closed, there will be no guided or audio tours, interactive elements in exhibitions will be shut off, and an elevator will automatically stop at every floor.

“Through our free admission days we provide exceptional opportunities for audiences from all backgrounds to learn about art and Jewish culture,” said Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director of the Jewish Museum. “This expanded initiative is a gift from the Museum to the public. We invite individuals and families, New Yorkers and tourists alike, to come to the Jewish Museum for a memorable, enjoyable and educational visit on Saturdays and select Jewish holidays,” she added.

The opening of the Jewish Museum on the festivals of Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot is being done in close consultation with The Jewish Theological Seminary and conducted in accord with halachic requirements.

This new policy will begin October 5 and 6, 2017 (the first two days of Sukkot) followed by October 12 and 13, 2017 (Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah); March 31, and April 1, 6 and 7, 2018 (the first two and last two days of Passover); and May 20 and 21, 2018 (Shavuot). Visit to confirm dates of all upcoming Jewish holidays.

Free admission days are made possible by the Neubauer Family Foundation.

Location: 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City

Hours: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm.

Admission:    $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for senior citizens, $7.50 for students, free for visitors 18 and under and Jewish Museum members. Pay What You Wish on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm. Free on Saturdays and select major Jewish holidays.

Information: The public may call 212.423.3200 or visit

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