the national museum of american jewish history by ennead architects all images courtesy NMAJH

the national museum of american jewish history in philadelphia is nearing completion. back in 2005 ennead architects (formerly polshek partnership) were commissioned to design the new museum.

rising five stories above independence mall the museum will become a landmark for the city. behind the striking glass façade that looks out across the mall, the 100,000 square foot museum offers three floors of core exhibition space.  the core exhibition will explore more than 350 years of american jewish history through the use of evocative objects, telling moments and state-of-the-art interactive technologies. a separate floor is dedicated to changing exhibits.  in addition, the only in america gallery/hall of fame illustrates the accomplishments of american jews.  the concourse will be entirely devoted to education, with classrooms, a theater and a resource center. the museum will also house a café and gift shop.

the grand opening of the museum will be on november 12th, 2010.

ennead architects: national museum of american jewish history

ennead architects: national museum of american jewish history

ennead architects: national museum of american jewish history