New Museum FAQs

Have you heard? We're building a new museum!

Architectural rendering of the new museum as seen from the intersection of Third & G Streets, NW

Courtesy SmithGroup JJR

The 1876 synagogue is moving a block south to Third & F Streets, NW, where the Society will build an adjacent, state-of-the-art Jewish museum. The new complex will be the key cultural institution in the new $1.3-billion mixed-used project, Capitol Crossing, which will include a newly-built platform over Interstate 395.

Why is the historic synagogue (the Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum) moving?

Capitol Crossing, a major new development by Property Group Partners, is erecting five new buildings over the I-395 highway.

Where will the synagogue move and when is the move expected to happen?

On November 3, 2016, the building moved 50 feet to a temporary holding site on Third Street, NW -- more details! In a few years, it will reach its final home one block south at the corner of Third & F Street, NW.

How will the synagogue's relocation affect the Society’s programming?

While the new museum is being prepared, we will continue hosting walking tours and other programs at partner sites, both in our neighborhood and throughout the metropolitan community.

What features are planned for the new museum?

Architectural rendering of the new museum as seen from Third Street, NW

Courtesy SmithGroup JJR

The museum will showcase the Washington region’s Jewish life and heritage and the restored 1876 synagogue. New spaces – including exhibition galleries, a multi-purpose room for events and school programs, and offices – mean new opportunities for teaching, learning, sharing, remembering, celebrating, and imagining.

When is the new museum expected to open?

We hope to cut the ribbon by 2022! Keep up with the progress by subscribing to our email list or following us on Facebook or Twitter.

How can I be involved in the creation of the new museum? 

Spread the word, donate funds, get involved with one of our committees, contribute to the archival collection, volunteer – email for more details.

What will the new museum cost and how are the funds being raised?

Capital Campaign planning is underway! Check back to learn more or if you are interested in giving opportunities, contact Deputy Director Wendy Turman at 202-789-0900 or