Huge milestone! We’ve just put the finishing touches on our exhibition concept design for the new museum. In the coming weeks, we’ll welcome input and advice from our historians, museum experience advisors, and educators! The exhibition approaches are energetic and highly interactive. The images here give just a flavor of what is to come: our favorite collections on display, familiar and surprising faces and stories, immersive theater, and interactive storytelling. In the Community Action Lab, we’ll invite school groups and families to plan their own community impact projects. Our next step is to ask you, our future museum visitors, to help us test these ideas. Look out for details about exhibit prototyping workshops this summer!
Modes of Participation
Protest, march, lobby, vote, negotiate, debate, teach….Hands-on activities will explore stories about Jews in Washington who have made change through collaboration, adaptation and disrupting the status quo.
Community Action Lab
Designed for families and school groups, this flexible space hosts facilitated and open-ended activities that invite visitors to activate their museum experience through projects that affect change in their communities.
Where is Jewish Washington?
Interactive map examines urban change, explores the establishment of the Jewish community in the nation’s capital and looks at issues of restrictive covenants and assimilation.
Our architects and engineers are putting the finishing touches on our architectural design set, and we’re down to the nitty gritty detail. Here’s a look at the updated design for our information desk and museum shop in the new lobby. SmithGroup also showed off a virtual reality experience of the new museum with our staff and board last week. We literally stepped inside the lobby, peered out from the rooftop terrace, and walked through the historic synagogue. We’re putting to work this year’s rallying cry to “Make it Real!”
In the coming weeks, look for the application to join our inaugural Teen Council. We need
YOU to help us design the new museum! Monthly gatherings around the city will give you the chance to test out our exhibition prototypes, guide our Community Action Lab plans and design your own special exhibition and community podcast. Spread the word! Open to students entering 7th -10th grade.