Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Jewish Museum Milwaukee preserves and presents the history of the Jewish people in southeastern Wisconsin in a way that emphasizes the American values of tolerance, respect, freedom and celebration of diversity. The Museum offers interactive displays, a focused education program, notable special exhibits and a collection of artifacts that includes a one-of-a-kind tapestry by artist Marc Chagall. Our community’s Holocaust Memorial is located in front of the building.
1360 North Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Museum Public Hours
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 4:00 pm
Friday 10 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday Noon – 3:30 pm
Closed for Jewish holidays.
Free parking behind the building.
Seniors (60+), $6
Children Age 6 and under, Free
Active Duty Military, Free
Virtual Opening Preview of Brother, Can You Spare A Dime: Jewish Artists of the WPA
Wednesday, June 16, 7:00 PM
Join JMM for an evening of music and art that was funded through the Works Project Administration (WPA). Learn about the ethnomusicologists who captured distinctly American Music for posterity including legendary blues/folk musician Lead Belly and explore Library of Congress holdings with Dr. Todd Harvey, Curator of the Alan Lomax Collection at LOC’s American Folklife Center. Groove to Lead Belly’s blues music performed by Fruteland Jackson including ‘Goodnight Irene’ and tour the exhibit that explores the working men and women and their environments as they navigated the Great Depression.
Virtual Book Talk – Before the Invention of Smiling with David Zucker
Thursday, June 24, 12:00 PM
Join David Zucker, director of such classic off-the-wall comedies like Airplane!, The Naked Guns, and Scary Movies, as he discusses his recently published book, Before the Invention of Smiling, described as part family history, part scrapbook, part autobiography and part Zucker’s “rantings.”
We Are America: The Cultural Programs of the Great Depression
Thursday, July 15, 7:00 PM
Join Betsy Pease, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Concordia University, to learn about the broader context of the New Deal and Depression-era culture in which artwork of the Works Progress Administration were produced, an era that saw a diverse cross-section of Americans use opportunity to redefine their nation and make claims to a rightful place in it.
Virtual Book Talk – How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America
Tuesday, July 27, 7:00 PM
In the breadth of work created during the Great Depression, the Federal Writers’ Project interviewed formerly enslaved people, marking the first major collection of oral histories about slavery in America. Explore this intriguing collection and more, with author Clint Smith, as he discusses his debut work of nonfiction How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, a revealing, contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation. Smith will be in conversation with Reggie Jackson of Nurturing Diversity Partners, a Milwaukee-based organization that provides education, training, and consulting services to foster diversity, inclusion, and equity within institutions and communities. Sponsored by the Coalition for Jewish Learning, Jewish Community Relations Council, Marquette University Department of History and Tikkun Ha-Ir. In Partnership with Nurturing Diversity Partners.
Book Talk – At the End of the World, Turn Left
Thursday, August 5
Time & Location TBD | May be an in-person outdoor event
Join Zhanna Slor, author of At the End of the World, Turn Left, as she discusses her debut novel, a compelling story about identity and how you define “home” set in Milwaukee’s eclectic Riverwest neighborhood. In partnership with Coalition for Jewish Learning and NextGen MKE of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
At the Service of the People: Mural Art, Politics, and the New Deal
Thursday, August 19, 7:00 PM
Join Raoul Deal, Senior Lecturer at the Peck School of the Arts and artist in his own right, for a presentation about the work and lives of some of the artists who participated in the Public Works of Art Program and the Federal Arts Project, and embraced the power of art to shape the way we see the world.
Wall to Wall: How Mural Art is Changing MKE’s Cityscape
Tuesday, August 24, 7:00 PM
Join Stacey Williams-Ng, founder of Black Cat Alley, for a moderated panel discussion featuring three prominent local mural artists who are on the front lines telling the story of our city. Panelists include: Daisy Gertel, Reynaldo Hernandez, and Tia Richardson.
Greendale: A New Deal Greenbelt Town
Sunday, September 5, 1:00 PM
In one of the more obscure New Deal programs of the Great Depression, three “Greenbelt Towns” were designed by the US government. Greendale, Wisconsin, is one of those towns. Join the Greendale Historical Society to examine Greendale as an outgrowth of public policy and an organic community that eventually evolved to embrace a shopping mall, condominiums, and expensive homes while still preserving much of the architecture and ambiance of the original village. The story is told by Greendale’s first residents in their own words.
Jewish Museum Milwaukee has so much to offer, including engaging changing exhibits, special events and programs, a dynamic permanent exhibit, all-ages educational programs, celebrated archives, and rental facilities.
As a member of Jewish Museum Milwaukee, you will not only play an important role in ensuring quality programs, but you also gain unlimited access to the Museum and a wealth of opportunities for discovery and growth.
As a member at any level, you will enjoy:
Free museum admission
Reduced program fees
10% discount in the museum store
Members only events
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime: Jewish Artists of the WPA
June 17 – September 5, 2021
The everyday worker, like the artist, is critical to national infrastructure. This comparison and connection are visually evident in one of the most devastating periods of US history – the Great Depression. The convergence of these notions and the artwork it generated by artists of diverse backgrounds, many of them Jewish, were part of the foundation for the establishment of the Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) visual arts arm, the Federal Art Project from 1935-1943.