Skirball Cultural Center

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Skirball Cultural Center

The Skirball Cultural Center, founded in 1996, is a Jewish educational institution in Los Angeles, California. The center, named after philanthropist couple Jack H. Skirball and Audrey Skirball-Kenis, has a museum with regularly changing exhibitions, film events, music and theater performances, comedy, family, literary, and cultural programs. The campus includes a museum, a performing arts center, conference halls, classrooms, libraries, courtyards, gardens, and a café. Although the center has its roots in Jewish culture, it is open to individuals of all ages and cultures.

Skirball Museum[edit]

Skirball Museum

The Skirball Museum predates the Skirball Cultural Center, having been established in 1972 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.[1] The museum moved into the Skirball Cultural Center after the center's completion. The Skirball's core exhibition, Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America, traces the history, experiences, and values of Jews over 4,000 years. Featuring changing displays of works from Skirball's museum collection, the exhibition's galleries contain multimedia installations, rare artifacts, historical documents and photographs, works of fine art, interactive computer stations, and sound recordings that lead visitors on the Jewish people's journey, culminating with their experiences in the United States.

Comprising more than 30,000 objects, the Skirball's museum collection includes archaeological artifacts from biblical and later historical periods; Jewish ceremonial objects from countries around the world; an extensive group of Old World Jewish objects; the Project Americana collection, comprising objects that document the "everyday life of ordinary people" in the United States since the 1850s; and works of fine art in a variety of media.


Taper Courtyard

Designed by Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie, the campus of the Skirball Cultural Center is in the Santa Monica Mountains near the Sepulveda Pass.

Noah's Ark[edit]

The Noah's Ark galleries were designed by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects of Seattle. Partner Jim Olson was the lead designer of the ark, and Principal Alan Maskin designed the interactive exhibits and provided art direction for the project, including the design of nearly 300 animals. Brooklyn-based designer/puppeteer Chris M. Green created additional life-sized animals, many of them puppets, to be operated by gallery staff. Outdoors, the Noah's Ark experience includes a rainbow mist installation developed by Moshe Safdie, the architect of the Skirball Cultural Center, in partnership with environmental artist Ned Kahn.[2]

Public programs[edit]

The Skirball presents a range of music, theater, poetry, literature, film, and other performing arts.



Skirball annually serves approximately 60,000 schoolchildren and teachers, representing virtually every religious and ethnic background in Southern California.[citation needed] The family-oriented discovery center includes a simulated dig site and field tent and informs visitors about the archaeology of ancient Israel and the Near East.[citation needed]

Zeidler's Cafe


  1. ^ "30 Apr 1972, 568 - The Los Angeles Times at". Retrieved 2022-09-08.
  2. ^ Nzubechukwu, Zuby (2023-03-24). "THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER". Retrieved 2023-03-24.

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