About the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
Since 1986, the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience has worked to preserve, interpret, and document the long and rich tradition of Jewish life in the South through exhibits, public programs, publications, historic preservation, and community outreach across the country. With the founding of the ISJL in 2000, the MSJE was incorporated into the larger Institute and now exists as the Museum Department of the ISJL.
The ISJL's Museum Department is a dynamic division that provides museum-without-walls programs that engage a diverse range of students, teachers, audiences and enthusiasts. From award-winning Traveling Trunk programs to traveling photography and other traveling exhibits, Southern Jewish culture is celebrated and shared in exciting ways!
Our mission is to collect artifacts, photographs, art, and manuscripts to tell this story through oral histories, research, exhibitions, and community programs. The collection, which includes synagogue architectural elements, furnishings, stained glass, sculpture, a historic pipe organ, ceremonial objects, and textiles, reflects both Jewish and southern culture.
The Utica location of the MSJE is now closed to visitors. We are currently in the process of relocating, and we look forward to updating you on future progress towards a new museum site.