Mordecai Ardon, To the Morning Star, lithograph, 1973. Skirball Museum; gift of Nancy M. Berman and Alan J. Bloch.

Mordecai Ardon, To the Morning Star, lithograph, 1973. Skirball Museum; gift of Nancy M. Berman and Alan J. Bloch.


The Skirball Museum is now open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays 1-5 p.m.

The museum, on the campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of religion in Clifton, has free admission and is now open an additional day – a day when many Cincinnati museums are closed.

Due to renovations being made in the museum, the permanent exhibit, “An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience,” located on the third floor, will close temporarily on Monday, Aug. 19. The exhibit will be displayed in the second floor lobby and balcony of Mayerson Hall.

A new exhibit – “Modern Israeli Art: Recent Gifts from Nancy Berman and Alan Bloch” – will have an opening 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. 

This exhibition features 10 works by some of the best-known and most influential artists living and working in Israel throughout the 20th century. Many of the works were purchased directly from the artists or from distinguished early Israeli galleries by Nancy Berman’s parents, Philip and Muriel Berman. 

The Cincinnati Skirball Museum was one of only three institutions selected to receive gifts from the collection. 

The opening will feature a performance of Israeli music provided by Jewish Folk Duo, Irina & Jude. The exhibition continues through Jan. 5. For more information or to make a reservation for the opening, contact the musem.*

“New state of the art lighting will replace the original lighting that has been in place for three decades,” according to Abby Schwartz, director of the museum. “Sections of the museum’s core collection, ‘An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience,’ will be reinstalled and augmented with some of the treasures from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish museum’s collection, transferred to the Cincinnati Skirball Museum in 2015. While these spaces are closed, highlights from the collection will be displayed in other areas of the building, so there is still plenty to see when you visit the Skirball.”

The third and fourth floors will reopen Feb. 18 with the opening of the Skirball’s next exhibition, “Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from the Bible.”

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