1876 Synagogue Tour

In observance of Thanksgiving, our office and museum will be closed Thursday, November 26 - Sunday, November 29.

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. No one could have guess it'd have to move again!

For a sneak peak, watch a video about the synagogue or peruse an illustrated history of the building.

Tour duration: About 30 minutes

Suggested donation: $3/person

Tours are given by advance reservation only -- Tuesday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Submit online request or email info@jhsgw.org at least one day in advance.
For a same-day tour, please call (202) 789-0900 to inquire about availability.

* Are you with a synagogue and other organized group of adults?
   Please use this form, call (202) 789-0900, or email info@jhsgw.org at least two weeks in advance. Maximum group size of 80 people. 

* Are you with a school or other group of students?
   Review our education opportunities


Directions to building 

Important Notes:

  • The tour takes place in the second-story sanctuary. Due to the age of the building, this space is accessible only via staircase. At this time, we are unable to accommodate visitors who cannot climb the stairs.
  • No food or drink except for water is allowed in our historic building.