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School Group Visits

The Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum combines the depth of knowledge of a history museum, the eloquence of a cultural museum, and the interactivity of a science museum. It’s a place that asks as many questions as it answers, creating meaningful learning opportunities for all ages.

School Visits Available

Voices and Values Workshop with Guided Tour | All Ages | 90 minute guided tour & program | I can explore Jewish values and examine different ways they are lived out. | Our Educators will help your students understand each of our exhibitions through the lens of our mission and the Jewish values that underpin them. We will follow the students’ curiosity wherever it leads to help them see how these ideas are at play both in local history and in their own lives.  

 

The Many Sides of Me Workshop with Guided Tour| K-3rd Grade | 60 minutes | I am an important part of my community and we celebrate everybody in it. | Bring your young learners to the Capital Jewish Museum for an exploration of identity, community, and inclusivity. Students will focus on our Connect. Reflect. Act. Exhibit, using age-appropriate cues and questions to learn through play. Then, students will design their own Identity Cubes and to see how their classroom is a diverse, energetic, and inclusive community, just like Jewish Washington. Optional add on: Introduce your little learners to local DC and Jewish history with our guide facilitated scavenger hunt through “What is Jewish Washington?” that encourages personal connections to our collections and stories. 

What Makes History?  Workshop withGuided Tour | 7th-12th Grade | 90 minutes | I can show how historians use primary and secondary sources to share interpretations about what happened in the past. | Students will put their critical inquiry skills to work! Our Educators will share the rich history of Greater Washington’s Jewish community, and students will question how museums and historians decide what stories to tell and how they’re told. This program culminates in a “DIY” History Museum project focused on a theme of your choice – currently available themes are Immigration to the US and DC History.  

 

Self-Guided Exploration | All Ages | 60-120 minute | I can connect, reflect, and act through what I learned at CJM. | Engage your students with the Capital Jewish Museum at their own pace. Our Staff will welcome your group with a personalized orientation, and then you’ll explore the ongoing exhibits independently. Students will be provided with an Activity Guide to help prompt their curiosity, critical thinking, and action.  

School Group Visit Frequently Asked Questions

  • Each of our Visit options were designed with the C3 Inquiry Framework in mind and we are happy to accommodate other curricular interests and needs. You can tell us a bit about what you’re learning in class when you schedule so our Educators can ensure your visit is aligned for high impact.
  • The Capital Jewish Museum currently offers School Group Visits on Wednesday-Friday and Sundays, starting at 10am.
  • Within 3 business days of your scheduling request, a member of our Education Team will send you confirmation and an invoice for a non-refundable deposit to secure your trip, due 2 weeks from confirmation. 
  • Once you’ve paid the deposit, we’ll send a second invoice for the rest of the payment, due 2 weeks before your visit.
  • Please plan on 1 adult chaperone for every 5 elementary aged students and 1 adult for every 10 secondary aged students.
  • We welcome learners of all backgrounds and abilities. The Capital Jewish Museum is an ADA compliant facility and our Educators are trained to accommodate learning differences. You can include any accessibility needs in your School Visit Request.
  • Finances should never be a barrier to learning. If cost is prohibitive, reach out to Anna Barr at [email protected].
  • You can also bring your students to our upcoming exhibition “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli, starting May 15th. Centering on Jewish food, culture, and the history of the iconic Deli scene, students will explore how immigration, diet, and social life shape each other. This Special Exhibition will leave learners of all ages hungry for more. Check back soon for details!
  • For Workshops & Guided Tours:
    • Title 1 Schools – Free (up to 30 students)
    • Public Schools – $150 per class (up to 30 students)
    • Private/Independent Schools – $200 per class (up to 30 students)
  • For the Self-Guided Exploration: $3 per student. There is a $30 minimum and a $300 maximum.
  • Now Booking Bring your students to I’ll Have What She’s Having: The Jewish Deli (through Aug 20) with one of the following options:
    – 1 hour Guided Tour of special exhibition only:

    •  Title 1 Schools – Free
    • Public Schools – $250 per class
    • Private/Independent Schools – $300 per class
    – Add a 30-minute Guided Tour of special exhibition to your School Visit: $12 per person

    – Book your School Visit and then book your tickets independently

Students on a tour of the exhibition "What is Jewish Washington?." Fall 2023.

Students on a tour of the exhibition "What is Jewish Washington?." Fall 2023.

Education programs at the Museum are made possible, in part, by Sue Ducat in memory of Stanley Cohen, z”l, The Alper Education Fund, The Bresler Family Education Fund, The Michael Goldstein Education Fund, The Doris & Robert I. Silverman Endowment, and The Morse-Loeb Fund.