Best New Museum

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Since opening last October, this intimate venue has proved invaluable to both Jews and Gentiles. Although its primary objective is to pay tribute to the community's Jewish population, it's become one of the area's most exhaustive chroniclers of the immigration experience. Permanent exhibits include generation-spanning photos, artifacts, and documents. Its latest exhibit, Cradle of Christianity: Treasures From the Holy Land -- on loan from Jerusalem's Israel Museum and on view through October 22 -- is one of the most significant collections ever to hit town. Dozens of items, most making their U.S. debut, trace the link between Judaism and Christianity. A restored Dead Sea Scroll was even unveiled. Not bad for a museum that hasn't yet celebrated its first anniversary.