Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington | Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

Programs & Tours: 1876 Synagogue Tour

Take a guided tour of our historic synagogue building -- built in 1876. Sit in an original pew and hear what life was like for the 38 immigrant families who built the first synagogue in Washington, D.C. Learn about the physical changes to the building -- both inside and out -- and the move of the building that forever changed its future and secured its place in our nation's capital.

Take a virtual tour or watch a video about the synagogue!

Open to the public - Directions
By appointment or
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (subject to staff availability)
For admittance, call (202) 789-0900 or ring doorbell at our office half a block west on G Street

How do I arrange a group tour?

Reserve a tour online

Hours: The historic 1876 synagogue is open for group tours by appointment only, Monday through Thursday.

Guided tour length: 30–45 minutes. Contact the Society at least two weeks in advance to arrange a group tour. Suggested donation: $3 per person.

Maximum group size: 50 people

Reserve online, call (202) 789-0900, or email for more information.

Special needs

Please be advised that our historic sanctuary is accessible only via staircase to the second floor. Let us know prior to your tour if members of your group are unable to climb the stairs. We will make arrangements for their visit to be comfortable and enjoyable. No food is allowed in our historic building.