Tonight is the first day of Hanukkah, and tomorrow The Jewish Museum will be open, with much to see and hear, including a display of 65 Hanukkah lamps.
The lamps, which are from the 17th through 21st centuries and represent 16 countries, include "contemporary designer interpretations; a “lamp” using souvenir Statues of Liberty that offers a sly commentary on America's changing attitudes towards immigration; a souvenir Hanukkah lamp from Australia with emus and a kangaroo; and a whimsical interpretation of a lamp in the form eight miniature pewter chairs, a design once popular with kids," according to the museum.
Peter Shire, Hanukkah Lamp, Menorah #7, 1986, steel: painted; aluminum: anodized; chromium. The Jewish Museum, New York, Purchase: Judaica Acquisitions Endowment Fund, 1989-20 (Courtesy of the Jewish Museum)
At 11:30 a.m., there's a ticketed family concert with Oran Etkin, and all of the museum's exhibition galleries—like ones about advertising targeted to Jewish audiences and John Singer Sargent's Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children—will be open to visitors.
And if you want to take a stroll down Fifth Avenue afterward—it's supposed to be sunny tomorrow—the Central Park Zoo is also open!
The Jewish Museum will open its doors at 11 a.m. on December 25, with a 4 p.m. closing time (admission is $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens; $7.50 for students; visitors 18 and under are free).