New Museum

The Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum
A New Jewish Museum for the Nation’s Capital

Architectural rendering of the new museum as seen from the intersection of Third & G Streets, NW

Courtesy SmithGroup JJR

Situated in the heart of the city just blocks from the Capitol and Union Station, our new museum will integrate the first synagogue built in Washington in 1876 with new state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, an interactive community lab, and multipurpose spaces for innovative programs and workshops.

It will be a busy hive of activity where visitors can experience how Jewish Washington has shaped and been shaped by the evolution of our nation and its capital. D.C.’s story reaches far beyond the Beltway to the many people from around the world drawn here for public service, and to make their mark on our country. What happens here matters! 

The Museum will provide a compelling way for audiences to explore their own family’s stories, and to examine the relevance of that past to the present and future of our community.

We will move the landmark 1876 synagogue a block south to Third & F Streets, NW, where we will build an adjacent, 25,000 square foot new facility. The complex will be the key cultural institution in the new $1.3-billion mixed-used project, Capitol Crossing, which will include a newly built platform over Interstate 395 and the 3rd Street tunnel. The location places the new Jewish Museum a block away from the National Building Museum in Judiciary Square amid a rapidly growing neighborhood of cultural dining and entertainment options. Keep updated on this exciting new construction project with our friend Wally Mlyniec of Georgetown Law School. 

Architectural rendering of the new museum interior lobby

Courtesy SmithGroup JJR

Currently, we are completing architectural designs with the world-class SmithGroup JJR architects, establishing new institutional branding, and developing exhibition and experiential plans for the new Museum. We plan to break ground next summer and hope to cut the ribbon by 2021! 

While the new museum is being prepared, we will continue hosting walking tours and other programs at partner sites, both in our neighborhood and throughout the metropolitan community.

Check back regularly for constructions photos and updates. Keep up with the progress by subscribing to our email list or following us on Facebook or Twitter.

Learn more about our Capital Campaign! To make a gift to the campaign, please contact Director of Development Michelle Malet at 202-290-2593 or

To become involved in the creation of the new museum, spread the word, donate funds, join one of our planning groups, contribute to the archival collection or volunteer. For more details, email