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Why Are There So Many Jewish Museums?

From Maine to Florida and beyond, the Jewish museum is a nationwide (and worldwide) phenomenon. Why do Jews keep building them?


Visitors to the exhibition Obedience: An Art Installation in 15 Rooms by multimedia artist Saskia Boddeke & British film director Peter Greenaway at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images.
Visitors to the exhibition Obedience: An Art Installation in 15 Rooms by multimedia artist Saskia Boddeke & British film director Peter Greenaway at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images.
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Feb. 9 2016
About the author

Diana Muir Appelbaum, a writer and historian, is at work on a book about nationhood and democracy. Her museum reviews have appeared in the Claremont Review, the New Rambler, and elsewhere.


From Maine to Florida and beyond, the Jewish museum is a nationwide (and worldwide) phenomenon. Why do Jews keep building them?

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