Bring A Group

Bring A Group

The Jewish Museum of Maryland invites you and your group to experience the rich vitality of Jewish stories 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.

Questions? Please contact:
Talia Makowsky, she/her
Visitor Services Coordinator  
443.873.5164
tmakowsky@jewishmuseummd.org

At this time, we are only offering digital tours.

Step 1: Select the programs you are interested in. We offer programs at the Museum, at your location, and digitally.
Step 2:
Fill out our online Adult Group Visit form. You can also contact our Visitor Services Coordinator at tmakowsky@jewishmuseummd.org or call (443) 873-5164. To ensure a tour guide and your preferred tour time, we request that you book your tour at least two weeks in advance.

What information do I need to complete the visit request form?

  • 3 potential visit dates and times
  • Estimated number of attendees
  • Program(s) you want to participate in
  • Contact information (phone and email)

Step 3: A member of our team will contact you to confirm the details. Once your date is 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.

Downloadable information packet coming soon.

Museum Visits
Our onsite 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.

Digital Tours
Our digital group tours are led by our Visitor Services Coordinator and are presented via our JMM Pro Zoom account. The maximum number of devices that can join a digital tour is 25 devices. 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. Please note, because this requires additional staff support, your group may be charged an additional amount. The Visitor Services Coordinator can also schedule two separate digital tours for a large group to avoid this charge.

At this time, we are only offering digital tours. We will update this section when in-person tours are available again.

Digital Tours are available Sunday – Thursday, usually 10 am – 4 pm. The Visitor Services Coordinator can accommodate alternative times but requires at least two weeks advance notice for times outside of these hours.

Our digital tours typically last 1 hour. This includes a 45 minute presentation and time for discussion and questions.

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.

At this time, we are only offering digital tours. We will update this section when in-person tours are available again.

For digital groups, the fee is a flat rate of $50 for a group of 25 devices or less. The price includes the time of a JMM staff member. If your group is larger than 25 devices, there is an additional charge of $25 to cover the costs of an additional staff member.

Payments may be made via check or credit card, collected before or on the day of the digital tour. Checks should be made out to The Jewish Museum of Maryland and mailed:

Jewish Museum of Maryland
15 Lloyd Street
Baltimore, MD, 21202
Attn: Talia Makowsky

To pay via credit card, you can contact the Visitor Services Coordinator at tmakowsky@jewishmuseummd.org or (443) 873-5164.

During this health crisis, we recognize the hardship that people are facing financially. If your group is unable to handle this fee for a digital tour, please contact the Visitor Services Coordinator to arrange an alternative.

We strive to make our digital tours as accessible as possible. Please let us know if there is a particular accessibility resource that would make your experience even better. This may include a sign language interpreter, closed captioning, an edited tour, and more.

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.

For more information about accessibility, click here.

Length: 1 hour
Platform: Zoom
Cost: $50
Attendees: Up to 25 devices may participate in the tour at one time.

We’re pleased to offer a digital tour of our original exhibit Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling for your adult group. This is an opportunity to see the exhibit, hear the stories of US scrap families, and learn more about where the stuff you throw away ends up. This experience is led by a JMM staff member, who will lead guests through meaningful discussion and even give behind-the-scenes info about how the exhibit came together.

To book this experience, fill out this online form, and a JMM staff member will reach out to you to complete the booking process.

Length: 1 hour
Platform: Zoom
Cost: $50
Attendees: Up to 25 devices may participate in the tour at one time.

Blast off with our newest digital tour, Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit. Explore how Jewish people looked up in wonder at the sky, made up their own stories about the mysteries of space, and even explored the furthest reaches of our universe. This digital tour is done live with a staff tour guide, who will lead you through images and videos from our exhibit, answer questions, and lead discussions about how we all find awe and wonder in space.

To book this experience, fill out this online form, and a JMM staff member will reach out to you to complete the booking process.

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).

Guided Tour by Volunteer Docent
Length: 1 hour

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

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

Guided Tour by Volunteer Docent
Length: 1 hour

Discover the story of Lloyd Street Synagogue, the first synagogue 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.

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.

Please note, we are not offering the following programs at this time. We will update this section when we offer these programs again.

Immigrant’s Trunk: Living History Performance
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $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’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.

Learn more about Ida here. 

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.

Learn more about Henrietta Szold here. 

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.

Learn more about Harry Houdini here.