Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music


Mar 16, 2018 to Sep 2, 2018
10:00 AM until 05:00 PM


This is the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate Leonard Bernstein’s life, Jewish identity and social activism. Audiences may be familiar with many of Bernstein’s works, notably West Side Story, but not necessarily with how he responded to the political and social crises of his day.

 Visitors will find an individual who expressed the restlessness, anxiety, fear and hope of an American Jewish individual living through World War II and the Holocaust, Vietnam and turbulent social change—what Bernstein referred to as his “search for a solution to the 20th‐century crisis of faith.”

The exhibition explores his Jewish identity and social activism in the context of his position as an American conductor and his works as a composer. It features interactive media and sound installations along approximately 100 historic artifacts, including Bernstein’s piano, marked-up scores, conducting suit, annotated copy of Romeo and Juliet used for the development of West Side Story, personal family Judaica, composing easel and a number of objects from his studio.


$15, adults; $13, kids.


View map National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall E
Philadelphia, PA

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PA - Philadelphia

Approximate Cost Range Per Person:

$11-$19 per person


No registration needed


All Ages/Families

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