The Jewish Museum of Maryland is one of the country’s leading centers for exhibits on Jewish history and culture.

The Museum has 3 exhibition galleries – two in the Main Museum building, and  one in the lower level of the Lloyd Street Synagogue, that host changing exhibits of local and national interest. We combine art, rare objects, historical photographs, oral histories, videos and hands-on activities in engaging, informative exhibitions. Each exhibit created or hosted by the Museum reveals new perspectives on the Jewish experience in Maryland and beyond.

Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini

June 24, 2018 – January 21, 2019

Harry Houdini wasn’t born. He was invented. The world’s most famous magician began life as Erik Weisz, the son of a Hungarian rabbi. In 1878 immigration to the U.S. transformed Erik Weisz into Ehrich Weiss. It was the first of many transformations for the man who would become the first international superstar.

Book of Joseph: Giving Voice to the Hollander Family

April 22, 2018 – June 3, 2018

In spring 2018 Everyman Theater premiered The Book of Joseph, based on a memoir of Baltimorean Richard Hollander, Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence from Poland.  Working with both the production company and the author, the Jewish Museum of Maryland created a companion exhibit featuring original Hollander family letters and artifacts central to the story of the play.

Amending America: The Bill of Rights

April 8, 2018 – May 29, 2018

Beginning with the 1791 ratification of the Bill of Rights – the first 10 constitutional amendments – Amending America: The Bill of Rights documents the arduous process by which an amendment proposal becomes law. Highlighting such landmarks as the 13th amendment that abolished slavery and the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote, Amending America provides visitors with opportunities to reflect on how governmental policies and societal attitudes have been shaped through the amendment process. This exhibit was created by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage

October 15, 2017 – January 15, 2018

Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage detailed the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve these materials. In both English and Arabic, the 2,000 square foot exhibit featured 23 recovered items and a “behind the scenes” video of the fascinating yet painstaking preservation process. This exhibit was created by the National Archives and Records Administration, with generous support from the U.S. Department of State.



Just Married! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland

June 18, 2017 – September 17, 2017

From the demands of family, heritage and culture to the businesses that rely on weddings to the family mementos they create, Just Married! showed how Maryland Jews have negotiated the distinct demands of their particular religious and secular identities when planning and enjoying the wedding day.



Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity

March 5, 2017 – May 29, 2017

The Remembering Auschwitz project combined four unique exhibits into one innovative experience.



Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America

March 13, 2016 – January 16, 2017

For centuries, Jews have considered medicine a calling—an occupation of learning and good deeds, vital to all communities and worthy of high respect. Historians point out that “few occupations are as immediately linked to a group as medicine is to the Jews,” a connection that has become “the stuff of legend and stereotype, both positive and negative, and a source of pride, amusement, entertainment, and folklore.”  At the same time, Jewish bodies and behaviors have been the subject of medical scrutiny and debate. The exhibit will examine how medicine has shaped the way Jews are seen, and see themselves. Focusing on the Jewish experience in the US, Jews and Medicine in America will show how the field of medicine has been a vehicle, by turns, for discrimination, acculturation, and strengthening Jewish identity.


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Paul Simon: Words and Music

October 11, 2015 – January 18, 2016

Raised in Queens. Enshrined in Cleveland. Loved in Baltimore. Paul Simon: Words and Music featured autobiographical films, videos of select performances and more than 80 artifacts, chronicling the life, career and creative inspiration of two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Paul Simon. Included was original narration by the artist, recorded specifically for the exhibit and unavailable elsewhere, as well as costumes, film clips, letters and memorabilia associated with his career. Paul Simon: Words and Musiccelebrates the life of one of America’s greatest singer/songwriters and Baltimore was its first stop on a nationwide tour.


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Cinema Judaica

July 1 – September 6, 2015

An unprecedented exhibition of iconic Hollywood film posters and memorabilia from 1939 to 1971 that illustrated how the motion picture industry countered America’s isolationism, advocated going to war against the Nazis, influenced post-war perceptions of the Jewish people and the founding of the State of Israel, and shaped the face of contemporary Jewish life.  In the years following World War II and the creation of the State of Israel, Jewish-themed films, along with the bold advertising that accompanied them, had a major influence on the way that the Jewish people and the State of Israel were viewed.  The epic films of this era promoted an image of the Jewish people that counteracted the imagery of mass victimization during the Holocaust.


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The Amazing Mendes Cohen

Seotember 14, 2014 – June 14, 2015

Mendes Cohen was there.

At Ft. McHenry when the bombs were bursting in air; at the Supreme Court when states rights were at stake; in Paris when the people prepared the barricades; at the Vatican for the installation of a new pope; down the Nile to collect artifacts; in Jerusalem as the first American tourist; in Annapolis when arguments raged over fugitive slaves; on the board of the nation’s first railroad.

But who was Mendes Cohen?

A soldier, a banker, an adventurer, a politician, a philanthropist… a member of the elite, a member of a persecuted minority… a son of England, a son of Germany, an American patriot, a proud Jew? This exhibit introduced the most interesting person you’ve never heard of! The Jewish Museum of Maryland and The Maryland Historical Society took visitors on a journey to put together the puzzle of one man’s identity and in the process discover something about identities we share.  It’s a journey full of twists and turns and missing clues.



The Electrified Pickle

July 13 – August 15, 2014

Designed to appeal to budding scientists, DIY-ers and anyone curious to learn about how things work as well as Jewish innovators in the fields of arts and science, this five week experience wass not to be missed.  With help from our partner, the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD, our Feldman Gallery transformed into hands-on environment where visitors can discover the mysteries behind scientific principles such as magnetism, electricity, solar power, and other fun and engaging interactive activities.



Project Mah Jongg

March 30 – June 29, 2014

Tiles clacking, players chatting and laughing, exclamations of “Two bam!” “Three crack!” and “Four dot!” … these are the memories shared by women who gather together to play the Chinese game of mah jongg. Project Mah Jongg, an exhibition exploring the traditions, history, and meaning of the game of mah jongg in Jewish-American culture



Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

October 13, 2013 – February 28, 2014

The exhibit invites visitors to come explore a Civil War they never knew.  It tells the story of events of national importance, through the lens of one small group in the American populous.  It looks at the ways in which the Civil War was a crucible for American Jewish identity, and how it laid the groundwork for their integration and Americanization on a large scale. It focuses not only on the battlefield, but on the difficult choices made by non-combatants throughout the struggle.  The exhibit also looks at the role the conflict played in establishing a framework for the full participation of Jews in American life – militarily, politically, economically and socially – and how it set the stage for massive Jewish immigration decades later.



ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comics, 1938-1950

January 27 – August 18, 2013

With the American economy in deep Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe, a group of young, largely Jewish, artists began to create illustrated stories of superheroes and provided the nation with an optimistic antidote to a growing sense of despair and helplessness. Featuring superhero memorabilia, original comic book art, and video interviews with the creators of superheroes, offers visitors an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the Golden Age of comic books.


Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture and American Jewish Identity

October 23, 2011- December 30, 2012

Mention “Jewish food” and we all smile knowingly. For many, the phrase summons thoughts of home and tradition. But food is also the topic of frequent dispute among Jews. Clearly, Jewish food is about more than matzoh balls.


Sunday, February 13, 2011 – Thursday, September 15, 2011
Loring Cornish: In Each Other’s Shoes

As a part of the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s celebration of its 50th anniversary year, In Each Other’s Shoes will explicitly acknowledge the shared Jewish and African-american heritage of the Lloyd Street neighborhood.

Cornish uses his own experiences to depict the pain and pride of African Americans and his moral imagination to envision similar feelings in the Jewish community.


Sunday, December 12, 2010 – Sunday, January 2, 2011
VOTE! The Life and Work of Sadie Jacobs Crockin


Sunday, August 29, 2010 – Sunday, January 2, 2011
A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and The Jewish People


September 2- January 2, 2010

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Sunday, April 18, 2010 – Saturday, July 31, 2010
Nancy Patz: Her Inward Eye

An original exhibition featuring the work of Baltimore author and illustrator Nancy Patz. The exhibition, Nancy Patz: Her Inward Eye, includes three series of Patz’s drawings, paintings, prints and collages that bring to life the artist’s personal memories and the imagined lives of people she has never known.  This exhibit closes August 1, 2010.


Drawing on Tradition: The Book of Esther
Thursday, March 5, 2009 – Sunday, January 31, 2010
Drawing on Tradition: The Book of Esther

Drawing on Tradition: The Book of Esther depicts the Book of Esther as you’ve never seen it before. Featuring the bold and edgy illustrations from JT Waldman’s Megillat Esther, this epic tale of exile and redemption is sure to amaze and intrigue.


Sunday, September 7, 2008 – Sunday, January 4, 2009
Dateline: Israel: New Photography and Video Art

During the 60 years since the founding of the State of Israel, many people outside the country, informed mainly by media accounts, have come to see it primarily as a place of conflict.  What does this mean for art about Israel?

Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art, on loan from The Jewish Museum, New York, and on view at the Jewish Museum of Maryland from September 7, 2008 through January 4, 2009, features work by noted artists from Israel, Europe, and America.


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Sunday, February 24, 2008 – Sunday, July 27, 2008
Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War

Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War was created and is circulated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

Celebrate the achievements of the Jewish men and women who served America during World War II, both on and off the battlefield. Learn what the war meant to the Jews of the “Greatest Generation,” a story told in their own words, through their own objects, letters, and photographs.


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Sunday, September 9, 2007 – Monday, January 7, 2008
Judy Chicago: Jewish Identity


Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore's German Jewish Refugees, 1933- 1945
Monday, March 14, 2005 – Monday, January 2, 2006
Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore’s German Jewish Refugees, 1933- 1945

Between 1933 and 1945, 3,000 Jews in flight from Nazi persecution arrived in Baltimore.  Here, they built new lives and forged new identities.  Lives Lost: Lives Found documents their stories.


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