Skirball Museum in Cincinnati

The Skirball Museum in Cincinnati has a long history as one of the oldest repositories of Jewish cultural artifacts in America. The first stage in the museum's development lasted for nearly a century, beginning when Hebrew Union College (HUC) opened in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1875 and over time began accepting donations of Judaic objects and books. In 1913, the College's Union Museum was founded with the assistance of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, becoming the first formally established Jewish museum in the United States. In the 1920s, the collections rapidly expanded with the purchase of several significant private collections of Judaica, including those of Salli Kirchstein, Joseph Hamburger, and Louis Grossman. In 1950, HUC merged with the Jewish Institute of Religion (JIR).

In 1990, The Skirball Museum Cincinnati opened in the newly renovated Mayerson Hall, presenting its core exhibit An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience, comprised of seven thematic galleries that portray the cultural, historical, and religious heritage of the Jewish people.



In the News

December 2016: "12 Nazi Concentration Camps: Photographs by James Friedman" on AEQAI. Read more >

December 2016: Panel Discussion on Holocaust, Popular Culture Coming to HUC-JIR. Read more >

December 2016: The Holocaust and Popular Culture. Read more >

December 2016: Skirball Museum Announces Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Public Programs. Read more >

November 2016: Local 12 Cincinnati Newsmakers. Watch the video >

November 2016: Skirball Exhibit of Concentration Camp Photos Taken 40 Years After Offer Unique View of Holocaust. Read more >

October 2016: Skirball Museum Honors Judy Lucas. Read more >

October 2016: "Concentration Camp Photos At Cincinnati Skirball Museum, Part of FotoFocus" on WVXU. Listen >

October 2016: "12 Nazi Concentration Camps: Photographs by James Friedman Fotofocus 2016" on WMKV Cares. Watch the video >

October 2016: Color Photos of Holocaust a Bold Reminder. Read more >

September 2016: James Friedman, 12 Nazi Concentration Camps. Read more >

September 2016: One Photographer's Journey to 12 Concentration Camps. Read more >

September 2016: James Friedman: 12 Nazi Concentration Camps. Read more >

September 2016: A Jewish Photographer Challenges His Black-and-White Vision of the Holocaust. Read more >

May 2016: Reimagining Cincinnati's Skirball Museum. Read more >

May 2016: Ten Treasures of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection. Read more >

April 2016: Skirball Museum Open House with Jewish Treasures on View. Read more >

February 2016: Showcase with Barbara Keller: Skirball Musuem of Art. Read more >

January 2016: Abby Schwartz, Director of Cincinnati Skirball Museum, talks about Helen Suzman Exhibit. Read more >

December 2015: See ‘Ten Treasures’ From a New Museum in Town. Read more >

December 2015: Skirball Museum Tells Story of Jewish History, Especially in America. Read More >

November 2015: HUC-JIR's Skirball Museum Unveils the First Items in its Huge New Collection. Read more >

November 2015: Behind The Scenes Look At Cincinnati Jewish Art Collection. Read more >

November 2015: Skirball Museum Begins to Open "Ten Treasures" Collection to the Public. Read more >

September 2015: Council of American Jewish Museums Spotlights the Skirball. Read more >

August 26, 2015: Unpacking of B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection at HUC-JIR’S Skirball Reveals Treasures and Renews Relationships and Research. Read more >

May 5, 2015: B’nai B’rith International and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Skirball Museum Partner to Establish New Home for Distinctive Art Collection. Read more >

April 2, 2015: The Skirball Museum received a 2014 Visual Communications Award from the Ohio Museums Association at the organization’s annual conference in Cleveland in late March. Read more >