Welcome to the Jewish Museum of Maryland!
Welcome to The Jewish Museum of Maryland, America’s leading museum of regional Jewish history, culture and community, located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from the Inner Harbor. Here at the JMM, visitors can uncover the roots of Jewish history in our landmark historic sites – the Lloyd Street Synagogue, built in 1845, now the nation’s third oldest surviving synagogue and B’nai Israel Synagogue, built in 1876 and still home to a vibrant congregation. Our Museum Campus includes three exhibition galleries featuring fascinating and diverse exhibitions that explore in depth, the Jewish American experience. The Museum offers a wide range of programs and special events for children, adults, and families as well as a research library and family history center. We invite students of all ages to experience the rich vitality of Jewish culture and heritage on and off-site through our education programs.
News & Closures:
The Museum will be closed on Wednesday, October 12th in observance of Yom Kippur. The Museum will close at 3pm on Tuesday, October 11th.
The Museum will be closed on Monday October 17th and Tuesday October 18th in observance of Sukkot and on Monday October 24th and Tuesday October 25th in observance of Shemini Atzeret and Simchas Torah.
Speaker Andrea Schierkolk, Public Programs Manager, National Museum of Health and Medicine
On May 21, 1862, Surgeon General William Hammond established a “Military Medical Museum” to collect and study specimens of morbid anatomy, both medical and surgical. Over 150 years later, the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) continues to collect, preserve and exhibit both historical and contemporary collections related to anatomy and pathology as well as artifacts and archival materials that inspire and promote an understanding of medicine—past, present and future—with a special emphasis on American military medicine. Join museum staff for a look at how the NMHM has transformed from a “cabinet of curiosities” into an invaluable repository that contributes to scientific collaborations as well as a public appreciation of the value of military medicine to the nation.
On the Blog:
At our Board meeting last week, we had our quarterly approval of new accessions to the JMM collection. Just about every item we collect has a fascinating story behind it – but there was one set of items neatly tucked in a folder that really grabbed my attention. It was a collection of “chromolithographs” donated by Myrna Siegel. Joanna explained that these decorative die cut prints were fairly common in the late 19thand early 20th century… but it was the first set she had seen that was exclusively Jewish themed. The collection included die cut “scraps” – typically used for early scrap books and home decorations and three rather elaborate Rosh Hashanah cards.…continue reading.
In 1956, in response to an alarming medical journal article on the state of fitness in America’s youth, President Eisenhower established the President’s Council on Youth Fitness. Once again, U.S children had been compared to Europe’s, and found wanting. In the early 1960s President Kennedy changed “Youth” to “Physical,” hoping to address the health of all Americans regardless of age, and the Council launched a national advertising campaign…...continue reading.