Important Announcement - Auschwitz

Important Announcement:
exhibition temporarily closed as of March 15 for two weeks

Auschwitz Exhibition and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will temporarily close as of Sunday, March 15 for two weeks in order to support New York City’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The current plan is to reopen the Museum on Sunday, March 29, pending an assessment of the situation at that time. We will keep you informed.

This difficult decision reflects our commitment to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors as well as the larger community—and it is grounded in the Jewish principle of pikuach nefesh, which requires that we prioritize saving lives over all of our other obligations.

To accomplish this effectively, we must minimize gatherings and close the Museum. LOX at Cafe Bergson and the Pickman Museum Shop will also be closed. Programs and events that were scheduled through the end of March are postponed or canceled.

If you purchased a ticket for an exhibition or public program held at the Museum during this two-week closure period, please contact

If you scheduled a group tour during this two-week week period, you will receive a separate email.

Rest assured that all the artifacts and buildings are being maintained and kept secure. Operational and security staff are remaining on site and museum and exhibition staff will work remotely during this period.

This is a challenging and stressful time for us all. Museum staff will be checking their email and phone lines and will respond to messages. For general inquiries, please contact

During this time, stay engaged with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and read our blog.

We look forward to announcing the reopening of the exhibition and rescheduling our programming.

For updates, please also visit our website.

Thank you for understanding and be well.