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Skirball Museum Reopens for self-touring october 6, 2020

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. 

ADJUSTED MUSEUM HOURS

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 11 AM TO 4 PM

Collection Highlights and Archie Rand Graphics

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Masks required


MASKS ARE REQUIRED


STAY 6 FEET APART FROM VISITORS WHO ARE NOT IN YOUR PARTY

 

 WASH OR SANITIZE HANDS FREQUENTLY

 


 

For your safety and the safety of others, please follow these guidelines:

  • Familiarize yourself with COVID-19 symptoms and do not visit if you feel unwell orhave been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Wear a face mask that properly covers the face. Offensive imagery will not be permitted.
  • Maintain six feet of distance from other visitors outside your household.
  • Wash your hands frequently and utilize hand-sanitizer (stations can be found throughout our facility).
  • Reservations are required, as visitor capacity will be limited. Call 513.487.2321 or email awheeler@huc.edu.

The Skirball Museum will keep you safe by:

  • Requiring all employees and visitors to have a touchless temperature check and
  • complete a COVID-19 form upon arrival at the facility
  • Requiring all employees and visitors to wear face masks
  • Providing sanitation stations throughout our facility
  • Limiting visitor capacity
  • Limiting elevator and restroom capacity
  • Providing a plexiglass barrier at entrance desk for extra protection
  • Canceling in-person programming
  • Permitting self-touring by individuals or family groups only

 


 

PREFER TO ENJOY THE MUSEUM FROM HOME?

Please enjoy this Gallery Guide, which offers text and images about the works of art that are on display throughout Mayerson Hall while the Skirball’s core collection is closed for renovation.

3D virtual tour of An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience

3D virtual tour of Striking Medals: 50 Years of the Jewish-American Hall Of Fame