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The exquisite artifacts of community and ceremonial life that make up the Bernard Museum’s permanent collection offer a vivid perspective on the diversity of Jewish culture through the ages. Visit the museum to browse our galleries and special exhibitions, or book a docent-led tour.

Museum Information

  • Open Sunday to Thursday — 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Admission is free
  • Docent-led tours available
  • Groups of 10 or more by arrangement: or call the temple office at 212-744-1400

Temple Archives

In conjunction with the Bernard Museum, the Temple Emanu-El Archives catalogs and preserves documents, papers, minutes and memorabilia related to the history of the congregation and its members.

Archived items are available for scholarly use only, by appointment only. At this time the archives are not available for genealogical research.

Appointments and inquiries may be scheduled by calling (212) 744-1400, ext. 259 or by contacting the museum curator.

Current Exhibition

The yad is a symbol, an artistic chronicle of how Jews read and relate to the Torah, a story you can explore in a wide-ranging exhibition of more than 200 pointers of all styles and national origins, some up to 400 years old. This exhibition has been extended by popular demand, now closes August 11, 2019.

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Our Judaica Collection

With pieces dating back to the 14th century, Bernard’s permanent collection features ritual and household objects both precious and humble, along with memorabilia from diverse Jewish cultures and eras.