This remarkable museum is just a fraction of this institution’s efforts to make connections between Jewish heritage and American democratic values. Music, theater, comedy, film, libraries and family and literary programs are all brought to bear in inspiring people of all cultures who share a history of pursuing the American dream. Tucked into the Santa Monica Mountains uphill from the Getty Center, the curvy campus is defined by alternating bands of gray concrete and pink granite; Israeli architect Moshe Safdie completed the fourth and final phase in the fall of 2013. The permanent exhibition, “Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America,” chronicles 4,000 years of the Jewish experience, while the child-oriented “Noah’s Ark” sends families on a virtual journey in ceiling-high ark full of life-sized animals made of recycled materials.
- Frommer's Staff