Department Chair

Andrew D. Nicholls, Ph.D.

Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Museum Studies, M.A.


History and Social Studies Education Department


Dr. Cynthia Conides

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First Reader

Dr. Cynthia Conides

Second Reader

Dr. Chana Kotzin


In this research, I explore two main ideas: The relationship that millennials have with museums and what programming excites them into coming back to the museum. To do this, I did a background review of the motivations and passions of the millennial generation, as well as various programming that have engaged millennials in museums. As someone who is a millennial and passionate about Jewish museums and Jewish engagement, I focused my research on how museums can help to bring Jewish millennials closer to their heritage, culture, and Jewish identity. A good segment of Jewish millennials is not drawn to traditional Jewish structures anymore, such as the synagogue, and look to find their connections elsewhere. Jewish museums provide an opportunity to do what is both beneficial to the museum and the visitor. My research provides recommendations for Jewish museums in creating programming that is engaging, full of connection, and allows visitors to explore and connect with Judaism and Jewish culture on their own terms.