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Plan Your Visit: Hours and Directions

Visitors are Always Welcome at Our Shtetl

Visitors are always welcome at our architecturally distinctive museum and Visitors Center, designed to recall a shtetl— a small Jewish town or village in eastern Europe.—and set on a ten-acre apple orchard at the edge of the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. We’re a two-hour drive from Boston, three hours from New York, and one hour from the Berkshires. 

The world's first Yiddish museum, the Yiddish Book Center is home to permanent and visiting exhibits on Yiddish and Jewish culture. We also offer a full schedule of virtual and some live public programs.

Hours and Admission

The Yiddish Book Center is open Sunday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Shabbos (Saturday)


We offer guided public tours of the Center’s exhibits. Availability is on a first come, first served, basis and the maximum number of participants is 25 people. Tours leave from the docent desk (located in our main lobby) and last approximately 45 minutes. Below is the tour schedule:

11 a.m.–11:45 a.m. 
1 p.m.–1:45 p.m. 

2 p.m.–2:45 p.m.  

*Tours will not be available for visitors on Sunday, December 18 and Tuesday, December 20. 

Interested in scheduling a group or private tour? Email [email protected] or call 413-256-4900 to learn more. 

Holiday Closings 2022:

In addition to Shabbos, the Center is closed on the following holidays:

Labor Day - September 5

Rosh Hashanah - September 26 & 27

Yom Kippur - close at noon October 4

Yom Kippur - October 5

Sukkos - October 10 & 11

Shemini Atzereth - October 17

Simchas Torah - October 18

Thanksgiving - close at noon November 23

Thanksgiving - November 24 & November 25

Christmas Day - December 25 & 26 

Suggested donation:

$8 for adults; $6 for seniors. Free for members, students, and children.  


Visitor Guidelines / COVID Safety 

To ensure the health and safety of all our visitors and staff, we have COVID protocols in place.  All visitors will be required to wear facemasks while in the Center and to adhere to social distancing requirements to protect the safety of themselves and others.  


GPS: Set destination as “Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.” Once you arrive on campus, follow signs to the Yiddish Book Center.
Click here for directions and a map of the area


We're located in Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, home to renowned museums and colleges, a lively restaurant scene, eclectic shops, and a wide range of hotels and inns. 

To learn more about places to stay, eat, shop, and explore, go to Visit Hampshire County.