Renting the Museum

General Information:

The Lloyd Street Synagogue was built in 1845.  It is the oldest synagogue in the state of Maryland and the third oldest synagogue still standing in America.  The synagogue is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Jewish Museum of Maryland was founded as the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland in 1963 to save the Lloyd Street Synagogue from destruction.  In 1986, it opened as a museum to the general public, including both Lloyd Street Synagogue and neighboring B’nai Israel (1876) as a part of their complex.

Only blocks from the Flag Museum, 1840s Plaza, Port Discovery, Little Italy, and the Inner Harbor, the Jewish Museum of Maryland provides an intimate setting for your wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, luncheon, special or corporate event.  We look forward to hosting you.

Dimensions and Capacity:

Lloyd Street Synagogue: seats an optimal 150, can seat up to 200 with partial view

Davison Lobby: 1350 sq ft. includes 75 chairs and 10 long tables.  Does not include round tables, linens, or decorations.

Hendler Board Room: seats an optimal 20, can seat up to 30.

We do not recommend using the Museum for large receptions, but will be glad to suggest other locations in the neighborhood.

Times and Days Available:

The Museum is available to rent before or after public hours.  We are open to the public Sunday through Thursday from 10am – 5 p.m.  Further, the Museum is unavailable for rent on Shabbat, starting at 5pm on Friday until Sundown on Saturday.  No caterers, decorators, planners, family, or staff are allowed in the Museum or synagogues during this time.  All set-ups for Saturday evening and Sunday morning events must be finished by sundown on Friday.

Finally, the Museum cannot be rented on the two days of Rosh HaShanah, the one day of Yom Kippur, the four days of Sukkout, the four days of Passover, or the two days of Shavout.


For prices and details about renting our facilities, please contact the Visitor Services Coordinator by emailing Talia Makowsky at or calling Talia at 443.873.5164.

Other Information:

Caterers: Food and drinks are only allowed in the Davison Lobby.

Materials: The JMM does not provide a torah, rabbi, moyel, cantor, or any other additional materials/persons necessary for bar/bat mitzvahs and weddings.  The renting party must supply everything necessary beyond the space.