Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience receives USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award

January 3, 2022

The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (MSJE) is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the fifth spot in the Best New Attraction category for the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. Twenty nominees were chosen by a panel of relevant experts and the public was allowed to vote for the attraction of their choice.

The Best New Attraction category had a diverse list of nominees from across the country, from skate parks and adventure centers to museums and immersive experiences. MSJE, located in New Orleans, Louisiana, took the fifth spot in the top ten list, was the contest’s highest-ranked museum, and was the only nominee in Louisiana. The Museum investigates the diverse experiences of Jews in the American South from Colonial times to the present day. Through interactive exhibits, artifacts, and stories, the museum dives into a wide array of themes that connect visitors of all backgrounds.

“This award is a huge accomplishment for the Museum to receive within such a short time frame from when we opened in May 2021,” said Kenneth Hoffman, Executive Director. “Despite opening in the middle of a pandemic, MSJE has quickly gained recognition as an important center for cultural exploration and a vibrant tourist destination. The Museum appreciates the support it has received from the people of New Orleans, supporters from across the South, and thousands of visitors from around the world.”


About The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience:

The Museum of The Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans explores the many ways the Jews in the American South influenced and were influenced by the distinct cultural heritage of their new homes. Through exhibits, collections and programs focused on the unique and remarkable history of Southern Jews, the Museum encourages new understanding and appreciation for identity, diversity, and acceptance. Visit for more information or follow the Museum on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter



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