The Jewish Museum Celebrates Hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah with the Jewish Museum! Highlights include a selection of Hanukkah lamps on view from the Museum’s renowned collection; special family programs including a concert with Oran Etkin on December 25; and unique menorahs, dreidels, and gift items available for sale in the Jewish Museum Shop. 

Hanukkah begins on the evening of Sunday, December 18, and runs through Monday, December 26. The Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays, and children 18 and under are always free. Timed tickets are strongly recommended.


The Jewish Museum’s collection of Hanukkah lamps is the largest in the world at nearly 1,050 pieces and was amassed over the 118 years of the Museum’s existence. A selection of lamps are currently on view in Scenes from the Collection, including Peter Shire’s Menorah #7 (1986), a portable Hanukkah lamp from the 18th century, and an earthenware lamp from 1956 by Otto Natzler (pictured). An over-five-foot-tall Hanukkah lamp (1752-53), which was likely first used in a synagogue in Odessa (present-day Ukraine), will be on view in the Museum’s lobby during the holiday. 


Hanukkah Art Mix

Sunday, December 18, 2022

11 am – 3:30 pm EST

Scheuer Auditorium & Exhibition Galleries


Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with artmaking and an exploration of striking Hanukkah lamps in the Jewish Museum’s galleries. Capture your discoveries through playful drawing activities, collaborate on an “illuminated city” installation with The Giant Room (a creative hub for children), create unique Hanukkah card prints, and re-mix everyday materials to design a holiday sculpture inspired by art on view in New York: 1962-1964. The Giant Room will be leading their drop-in installation project from 11:30am-1:30pm. All other activities are ongoing.


Free with Museum Admission; children 18 and under are free. Reservations are recommended. 


On Sunday, December 25, 2022, Oran Etkin Concert will have two Sets: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm or 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Scheuer Auditorium for ages 3 and up.

Hear jazz, klezmer, and the music of Africa as Oran Etkin weaves global melodies and rhythms. Enjoy tunes from Wake Up Clarinet!, Finding Friends Far From Home, and Gathering Light in honor of Hanukkah in this musical world party.


Concert ticket reservations are required for both adults and children to reserve seats. 


On view through January 8, 2023, New York: 1962-1964 explores a pivotal three-year period in the history of art and culture in New York City, examining how artists living and working in New York responded to their rapidly changing world, through more than 180 works of art—all made or seen in New York between 1962-1964. Explore this exhibition as well as the Museum’s collection exhibition, Scenes from the Collection , on the third floor.


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