Where is the Yiddish Book Center?
The Center is adjacent to the Hampshire College campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. Here are directions to the Center.
How can I arrange a field trip to the Center for my school group?
Please fill out the visit request form and we’ll be in touch to confirm your visit. If you have questions about planning a visit, please contact Jessica Parker, museum education specialist, at 413-256-4900, ext. 131, or at [email protected].
When can my group visit?
We offer field trips Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The length of your visit depends on the activities you choose and your group size. Most field trips last two to three hours. We will do our best to find a date and time that work for you.
How long is a visit?
Visits typically last for two to three hours. A two-hour visit can include two activities and an opportunity to explore the Center and its grounds, or three activities. A two-and-a-half-hour visit can include three activities and time to explore the Center, or four activities. Eating lunch on-site adds another half hour to a visit.
How many students can I bring?
We can accommodate a maximum of seventy-five students. During the visit, students are divided into smaller groups, with an ideal student:museum educator ratio of no more than fifteen to one.
What is the cost?
Admission for students is $5. We require one adult per ten students; these chaperones are admitted free of charge. Additional adults are $5 each.
We have limited funds available to help schools cover admission and transportation costs, which we award based on need. For more information, contact Jessica Parker, museum education specialist, at 413-256-4900, ext. 131, or at [email protected].
Can we eat lunch at the Center?
The Yiddish Book Center does not have a café, but you are welcome to bring a bag lunch and picnic in our beautiful apple orchard or eat at our guest tables indoors (no pork or shellfish, please, due to Jewish dietary traditions). Please note that we don’t have refrigerated storage available for bag lunches. There also are a variety of restaurants within five to fifteen minutes of the Center.
Can my group visit the bookstore?
If you would like to visit the bookstore, please notify us in advance so that we can plan the staffing, schedule, and group size accordingly.
Where can I park?
There is ample free parking for buses and cars in the Center’s parking lot.
How should we prepare for our visit?
Please watch our orientation film, Bridge of Books, with your students and discuss new terms and concepts. In addition, many students are not familiar with Judaism or Yiddish, so reviewing some basic terminology prior to your visit is very important. We've prepared a list of resources that will help you prepare for your field trip, as well as material you may want to investigate after your visit.
Are there other local sites you'd recommend visiting as part of my class's study of the Holocaust?
You may want to visit the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, about a twenty-minute drive from the Yiddish Book Center. Our exhibits complement each other by illustrating diverse facets of Jewish life in Europe.