Group Visits at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

The Jewish Museum of Maryland invites you and your group to experience the rich vitality of Jewish heritage by visiting our Museum. Discover the variety and liveliness of Jewish culture, both past and present. 

The Jewish Museum of Maryland provides both on-site group tours and outreach programs. On this page, you will find information about the types of tours offered and information about how to schedule a group visit. 

At this time we are only offering digital tours. To find out more about our available digital tours, visit this page.

Questions? Please contact Talia Makowsky, Visitor Services Coordinator




Please note: We are not offering onsite tours at this time. We will update this page when we are welcoming groups back into the Museum.

A great way to make the most of your visit, and to discover in-depth knowledge about our current exhibits, is to take a docent-led tour with your group. Docent-led tours can be tailored to the needs and interests of your group. Our most popular visit combines a Synagogue Tour with a tour of our changing exhibition (for a two-hour visit). A list of current tour options is provided below:


Changing Exhibitions

Guided Tour by Volunteer Docent

Length: 1 hour

Tours of our current exhibitions are available. Please visit our Exhibits Page to see what the current and upcoming exhibits are.

Exhibits located in our Museum building are accessible for people with mobility aids.


Synagogue Tour: Lloyd Street Synagogue and B’nai Israel Synagogue

Guided Tour by Volunteer Docent

Length: 1 hour

Discover the story of Lloyd Street Synagogue, the first synagogue to be built in Maryland, and the three immigrant congregations that worshipped there. Then, visit B’nai Israel Synagogue which has been home to the B’nai Israel Congregation for over 100 years.

The synagogue tours require walking up and down short flights of stairs. With advance notice, the Visitor Services Coordinator can provide an alternative video in the accessible Museum building.


Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore

Self-Guided Tour

Length: 30 minutes to 1 hour

The neighborhood surrounding the Jewish Museum of Maryland was the center of immigrant Jewish life in Baltimore during the early 1900s. Today only a few remnants of its Jewish past survive. Voices of Lombard Street tells the story of this historic neighborhood from then until now. The exhibition chronicles a place of constant change, where people of different backgrounds lived, worked, created community – and came together in the renowned Jewish market known as Lombard Street. The exhibit is currently on display in the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s Shoshana S. and Jerome Cardin Exhibition Gallery.

This gallery is accessible for people with mobility aids.

Offsite Outreach Programs

Immigrant’s Trunk: Living History Performance

Length: 1 hour

The cost for a Living History program is $300, plus mileage reimbursement of $0.50/mile.

Discover the lives of actual Jewish immigrants to Baltimore at the turn of the twentieth century through dramatic living history performances. Professional actors interpret the lives of:

  • Ida Rehr

Ida’s story is the classic immigrant narrative of creating a home in a new and unfamiliar place. Ida Rehr will retell the story of how she came to the United States by herself at the young age of fifteen, found work as a seamstress in a clothing factory, and attended night school to learn English.

  • Henrietta Szold

Before “community organizing” had a name, there was Henrietta Szold – the rabbi’s daughter who broke with the traditional role of women to become a champion of Jewish engagement. Her tenacity and courage played a vital role in the expansion of social services, medical services and the founding of the state of Israel.  Hear her story in her own words.

  • Harry Houdini

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 to Erich Weiss. It was the first of many transformations for the man who would become the first international superstar. The living history performance tells the story of how Erich Weiss became Harry Houdini and investigates the technologies, marketing prowess, and entertainment trends that transformed him into a superstar.


Scheduling A Group Visit

To make reservations to bring an adult group to the Jewish Museum of Maryland, go to our online Adult Group Visit form. You can also contact our Visitor Services Coordinator at or call (443) 873-5164.

Download this information here: Adult Group Visit Information Package

Group Size

Our group tours are led by volunteer docents. For the best visitor experience, our maximum group size is 25 people. If you are looking to book a larger group, please contact the Visitor Services Coordinator so they can work with you to accommodate your group.

If you need a smaller group size to accommodate people who may feel overwhelmed by crowds, please contact the Visitor Services Coordinator. We can make special arrangements, based on need.

Group Visit Availability

The Museum is open Sunday through Thursday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. A typical group tour is encouraged to be booked for 1:30 pm, to avoid conflicts with the public tour schedule and school groups.

Starting November 1st, 2019, our hours are changing:

Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm 

*Monday: 11:00am – 5:00pm*

Tuesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm 

Wednesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm 

Thursday: 10:00am – 5:00pm 

Friday: Closed 

Saturday: Closed 


Length of Visit

Depending on the type of tour selected, a group visit can last 1 hour or 2 hours. Your group can combine a visit to see our current exhibition (1 hour) with a guided tour of our two historic synagogues (1 hour). Please refer to the tour descriptions to see the length of each tour offered.

Fees – Group Discount

For groups of 10 or more people that reserve in advance, the group rate is $5 per adult. Members of the JMM are admitted for free. The fee will admit the group to both historic synagogues and exhibitions. This price includes a volunteer docent.

Booking Process: Registration/Confirmation Forms

Please fill out the online form to arrange your visit. You can also contact our Visitor Services Coordinator, at

Our tours are delivered by a dedicated group of volunteers. To ensure a volunteer is available for your tour, we request that you book your tour at least two weeks in advance.

Once your date has been confirmed, you will receive a confirmation form that includes the scheduled itinerary, anticipated number of attendees, and associated fees. Please review, sign and return this form to complete your booking.

Payment Options

Payment may be made via check, cash, or credit card collected before or on the day of the tour. Checks should be made out to The Jewish Museum of Maryland. We request that those paying in cash provide exact change.


The Museum entrance, galleries, and restrooms are fully accessible.

Please note that both Synagogues, Lloyd Street Synagogue and B’nai Israel Synagogue, are neither walker nor wheelchair friendly. It is necessary to climb stairs to enter the main sanctuaries of both Synagogues. There is a short video tour of the two Synagogues available as an alternative. Please request this video at the time of your booking.

With advance notice, the Museum is happy to provide additional assistance for groups in need of special accommodations, such as sign language interpreters.

Restrooms are located inside the Museum, adjacent to the orientation space. Water fountains are located near the restrooms. There are also restrooms in Lloyd Street Synagogue.

Bags & Coat Storage

There is minimal storage available inside the Museum. There is a coat rack area. In cold or rainy weather, attendees should keep their coats on if they will be visiting the Lloyd Street Synagogue and B’nai Synagogue, as they will be walking outside to visit these two buildings.

Lunch Facility

Please note that there is no food service on site at the Museum, nor is there refrigerated storage for lunches. The Museum does not have a lunch facility.

Buses & Parking

There is a free city-owned public parking lot directly across from the Museum. Otherwise, there is metered street parking in the area.

There is a loading/drop-off zone directly in from of the Museum entrance that can be used by buses.


The Museum regularly takes photographs of visitors. These photos are archived in our Institutional Archives and used in our publications, both online and in print. If your group or members of your group do not wish to be photographed, please alert the Museum staff.

Prior to your Visit / Post Visit

One week prior to the scheduled trip, please email or call the Visitor Services Coordinator to confirm the number of people attending. The Museum reserves the right to postpone the trip if the group size becomes too small.

Upon Arrival

The group leader should proceed to the reception desk to announce your group’s arrival and to have a staff member process payment. If the number of attendees has changed following your booking confirmation, please let the staff member know so they can adjust the fee accordingly.

Your group will be met by a Museum Educator or Volunteer who will be your guide for the duration of your visit.

Late Arrival

If your group is more than 15 minutes late for your visit, your scheduled program may be shortened due to scheduling conflicts. If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late, please call the Museum to notify the Visitor Services Coordinator.

Inclement Weather Policy

Bad weather can create a situation that makes it unsafe for students, chaperones, teachers and Museum Staff to travel to and from the Museum. The Jewish Museum of Maryland follows the Baltimore City Public School’s system for the first day of inclement weather. Any consecutive inclement weather days are decided at the discretion of the Museum. If you are unable to attend a scheduled visit to the Museum due to inclement weather, please contact the Museum as soon as possible. If the Museum closes or is delayed, a member of Staff will inform the group contact provided on your confirmation form.

Museum Guidelines

We encourage you to review these guidelines with your group ahead of time:

Have fun! The Museum is meant to be an interactive and inspiring experience!

Please no eating, drinking, or chewing gum while inside the Museum or Synagogues

Please listen to the volunteer while they are speaking. Please ask questions.

Please assume that nothing can be touched until the volunteer has invited you to touch or handle something.

When entering B’nai Israel Synagogue, people who identify as men are required to cover their heads. They can either wear their own hats or wear a kippah that is provided when they enter the Synagogue. These must be returned when leaving the Synagogue.



To make reservations to bring an adult group, click here.  

Questions? Please contact Talia Makowsky, Visitor Services Coordinator