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Skirball Cultural Center

Engage with four thousand years of Jewish history and discover how ancestral visions shape modern values.

Admission

How to experience this exhibition:

  • Pair with a specially ticketed exhibition (This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement or Noah's Ark); advance reservations recommended
  • Or walk up to see this exhibition as part of general admission

Effective March 1, 2024:

  • Under new streamlined ticket policies, General Admission will provide access to all exhibitions
  • General Admission tickets may be purchased in advance 

Plan Your Visit

About the Exhibition

Featuring changing displays of works from the Skirball’s permanent collection of Judaica—one of the largest in the world—this historically illuminating exhibition chronicles the struggles and achievements of the Jewish people over a span of four thousand years.

Travel through the many lands and civilizations where Jews have lived and discover how ancestral visions continue to shape modern values. The Visions and Values galleries—Beginnings, Journeys, Holidays, Lifecycle, Synagogue, Passage to America, Nation of Immigrants, Struggle and Opportunity, the Holocaust, the State of Israel, and At Home in America—take the visitor on an unforgettable voyage of learning and discovery.

“I am always awed by the Visions and Values exhibition.”

Portrait of the Artist's Wife and Granddaughter by Max Liebermann

A painting of a young girl and her mother sharing a chair and reading a book together.

Max Liebermann (German 1847–1935), Portrait of the Artist's Wife and Granddaughter, 1926. Oil on canvas. Collection of Skirball Museum, Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Inc.

With the Skirball’s presentation of RECLAIMED: A Family Painting, explore additional Nazi-looted and restituted objects in the Skirball Museum collection, on view in Visions and Values.

This intimate family portrait once lived in the Berlin Jewish Museum, which opened mere days before Adolf Hitler's rise to power in 1933. Adjacent to the New Synagogue (which is replicated in Visions and Values), the Berlin Jewish Museum bravely continued to display Jewish art and culture amid rising antisemitism until the 1938 attack on the Jewish community known as Kristallnacht. That night, the Nazis attempted to burn down the New Synagogue and stormed the museum, stealing its valuable art collection. Though Liebermann's painting was found in a German basement after the Holocaust and later gifted to the museum that became the Skirball, the majority of the Berlin Jewish Museum's ritual objects and artifacts remain missing today.