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Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale


We had a great tour last week with Emily O’leary, the Associate Curator at the Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale. The Home houses a fantastic collection of artwork, from Picasso to Shahn. Located in the North Bronx, it’s quite a gem and open to the public.

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, 5901 Palisade Avenue, Riverdale

Museum hours: Sunday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Art Collection and grounds open daily, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call 718-581-1596 for holiday hours and to schedule group tours, or for further information please visit their website at

Art At The Home

As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale is proud to possess a world-class collection of over 5,000 sculptures, drawings, photographs, and prints, as well as decorative arts and objects from world cultures. The Derfner Judaica Museum comprises more than 1,400 Jewish ceremonial objects. Both the Museum and The Art Collection provide public programming that is a model of universal accessibility, with a special focus on the elderly and persons with special needs.

The Art Collection continues to grow through the generosity of donors and includes work by such renowned artists as Marc Chagall, Alex Katz, Robert Mangold, Joan Mitchell, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, Ben Shahn, and Andy Warhol. The art program was founded with the idea to bring a museum to the residents who could no longer visit cultural institutions on their own.

Art is an integral part of The Hebrew Home and can be found throughout our public spaces both indoors and outside. A rarity in New York City, The Hebrew Home has a sculpture garden that overlooks the magnificent Hudson River and Palisades. It includes works by such sculptors as Herbert Ferber, Menashe Kadishman, Reuben Nakian, Marsha Pels, and Joel Perlman, among others.

Displays that appeal to children of all ages may be found throughout the halls. The Home has two indoor garden railroad dioramas by the award-winning landscape architect Paul Busse, known for his design of the annual Holiday Train display at The New York Botanical Garden, as well as a collection of Madame Alexander First Lady dolls, a salt water aquarium, and Pickles and Egg Cream, an installation of miniatures by Ruby G. Strauss that provide a peek into immigrant New York of the 1920s-1950s. These interactive, intergenerational displays are designed for both young and old, visitors and residents alike to enjoy. They help create a warm, home-like environment.

Changing exhibitions are organized mounts rotating exhibitions throughout the year in the lobby gallery of the Elma and Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion and in the Derfner Judaica Museum. These engaging exhibitions feature contemporary artists, explore art historical themes drawn from the permanent collection or highlight Jewish art and culture.

For further information on The Hebrew Home’s art program or to schedule a group visit, contact the Curator’s Department at (718) 581-1596.

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection @ HHAR