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Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaisme

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Address: 71 rue du Temple | Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 75003 Paris, France
Phone Number:
+33 1 53 01 86 60
11:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Fri 11:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Museum of Jewish Art and History is housed in one of the most beautiful...

The Museum of Jewish Art and History is housed in one of the most beautiful historic monuments in the Marais, the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, built in the 17th century. The museum traces the evolution of the Jewish world via its artistic and cultural heritage, focussing on the history of the Jews in France since the Middle Ages and evoking the communities of Europe and North Africa. Its collection, one of the finest in the world, comprises religious objects, manuscripts, textiles and unique archive documents concerning the Dreyfus Affair. Special importance is given to the Jewish presence in the arts, featuring the painters of the School of Paris (Chagall, Kikoïne, Soutine...) and contemporary artists such Christian Boltanski and Sophie Calle. The museum runs programmes of workshops for children, families and adults, guided tours, lectures, live performances and films throughout the year.

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Must experience "To be a Jew in Paris"

We visited this museum 'on our way' to the Picasso Museum. It deserves its own time and plenty of it. The artifacts and explanations were very good, very helpful to us as we are... read more

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this museum 'on our way' to the Picasso Museum. It deserves its own time and plenty of it. The artifacts and explanations were very good, very helpful to us as we are not religious, former Catholics. The photos and quotes from Parisian Jews were deeply insightful, particularly the woman who expressed the silence of Jews returning to Paris... More 

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Lawrence, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum tells about the history of the French and Parisan Jewry! Nicky done and with audio headsets it takes about 90 minutes! Just visited the new exhibit on the Golem and it was done real well, I enjoyed it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

The museum has a fine collection of Judaica and Jewish artifacts. I would have liked to see more art, particularly Chagalls. Much of info is in French, so English-only tourists are at a bit of a disadvantage, but audio guide was very helpful.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Totally without expectation or preconception for this museum, I was delighted by the variety of artefacts, the clarity of explanation. Smaller French museums do not take language translation into account so non fluent speakers can be a little lost. This museum furnished the visitor with free audio guides which not only gave great descriptions of visual material but provided context... More 

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Gorinchem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Anybody who asks himself this question (and it is question for the curious) will find at least a partial answer in this museum. It provides so many answers on the very special character if this people, that it is sometimes too much. But then, go twice and think twice! It is worth your while.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This is a gem of a museum located in a superb building in the Marais. It fully lives up to its title and displays the depth and breadth of the contribution of Jews to French culture and society. It has an excellent bookshop.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

In February I decided to take my first solo trip to Paris. As a Judeo-Christian from the United States, I was excited to further explore Jewish culture at the Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaism. There were armed guards at the door, which was quite unsettling, but due to a recent attacks I understood why the security was needed. In... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Housed in a lovely 1600s mansion in Le Marais district, it retraces the evolution of the Jewish world via its artistic & cultural heritage. The special focus is on French Jewish history & communities in Europe & North Africa that shaped French Jews today. The collection includes works of well-known Jewish artists like Chagall & Zola, and religious artifacts of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I'm so glad we visited. I have been to other Jewish history museums which mostly focused on WWII and the Holocaust; this one focused on the thousands of years of Jewish history and culture BEFORE all that happened. It shows how much of an influence the Jews had in France, how integrated they were into French society, but also how... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We visited this using our Museum pass, and found only after we got inside that a special exhibition on Arnold Schoenberg was not covered by the pass and would cost another nine euros. This was irritating, and for us it undermined the value of the Museum pass. (We had a similar experience at the Beaubourg.) The collection itself has to... More 

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