The history of American Jews is rooted in thousands of years of searching for freedom and equality. We are committed to sharing this story and the life lessons it brings with it, so that we may enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Jewish life and culture.
The core and special exhibits at Jewish Museum Milwaukee explore the breadth of Jewish life and culture, both within the state of Wisconsin and beyond. The core exhibition opened in 2008 and features engaging displays and interactive features including an interactive map that highlights Jewish history through migrations.
There are six major themes in the Permanent Exhibit:
- Community and Belief
- Earning a Living
- The Holocaust and Intolerance
- Israel and Milwaukee’s connections to Israel
- Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)
JMM tells the story of young Golda Meir journeying from Russia to Milwaukee. The Settlement Cook Book and its national reach, which helped build institutions in Milwaukee. Five of the original Hedy Strnad drawings featured in our Stitching History From the Holocaust exhibit are on display. Business leaders like Elmer Winter and Harry Soref got their start.
JMM has a full calendar of exciting changing exhibits that supplement our permanent collection. From art to history, from rock and roll to baseball, changing exhibits enrich the work of Jewish Museum Milwaukee.