Philly museum offers a look into the life of the Supreme Court Justice turned pop-culture icon

Antionette Lee
October 05, 2019 - 7:02 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Supreme Court Justice whose become a pop-culture icon around the world, has an exhibit about her life that's making an East Coast debut right here in Philly.

Visitors to the National American Jewish History Museum can tour "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg" until Jan. 12. 

The exhibition offers a journey through Ginsburg's historic trailblazing record and her fight to overcome adversities, starting at her modest childhood home in Brooklyn NY. 

The name, originally dubbed after the late rapper Notorious B.I.G., is also based on the best-selling book by Philly native Shanna Knizhnik and co-author Irin Carmon. 

"This is our superhero exhibition," said Josh Perelman, NMAJH curator.

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He says that's because as the second woman and the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme 
Court, Ginsburg is a pioneer whose broken barriers--which wasn't easy during the 1950's. 

"Seeking to become an advocate for ending sex discrimination, seeking to expand the rights of women and men...that was not an easy thing for a young Jewish woman to do," said Perelman. 

Visitors get a glimpse of that history with interviews, writings, and even recordings of her fiery dissents that dubbed her as notorious.

From law school, to her family life, even to her workouts, the exhibit explores her personal and professional life over the decades. Bridgett O'loughlin, who will graduate in May 2020 from law school, said she left the exhibit feeling inspired. 

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"She has definitely inspired me to go back to law school at an older age," she said. 

The Notorious RBG is on display 7 days a week at NMAJH until January 12 of 2020. 

Tickets are 9$ for the exhibit, but if that's an issue, you can enjoy the rest of the museum for free. There are also several "supreme" selfie opportunities in the museum, if you're into that.