Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague
4.5
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
About
**This place is temporarily closed** Permanent exhibitions: The History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia, Part 2 This exhibition deals with the history of the Jews in the Bohemian lands from the reforms of Joseph II in the 1780s to the period after the Second World War. It highlights the gradual advancement toward greater equality and emancipation for Jews in Austria-Hungary, describes the foundation of the Czech-Jewish and Zionist movements, and profiles the most important Jewish entrepreneurs, scientists, writers, musicians and artists (including Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler). It also deals with the redevelopment of the Prague Jewish Town, Jewish sites of Bohemia and Moravia, and the history of the Jewish Museum in Prague. Special focus is on the Shoah of Jews from Bohemia and Moravia, and the Terezin ghetto. Synagogue Silver from Bohemia and Moravia Located on the upper floor, this permanent exhibition features a representative selection of more than 200 of the most valuable silver artefacts from the museum's collections. Most space is given over to Torah ornaments - shields, pointers, finials and crowns. Also on display are charity boxes, pitcher and basin sets for hand washing, Shabbat spice boxes, Kiddush cups, Hanukkah and Shabbat candles, and charity collection trays. The Spanish Synagogue is part of the Jewsh museum in Prague. The Spanish Synagogue is the most recent synagogue in the Prague Jewish Town. Built in 1868 for the local Reform congregation on the site of the 12th-century Altschul, which was the oldest synagogue in the Prague ghetto. It was called the Spanish Synagogue for its impressive Moorish interior design, influenced by the famous Alhambra. The building was designed by Josef Niklas and Jan Bělský, the remarkable interior (from 1882–83) by Antonín Baum and Bedřich Münzberger. František Škroup, the composer of the Czech national anthem, served as organist here in 1836-45.
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Neighbourhood: Josefov
Josefov houses Prague’s Jewish community. This small neighbourhood centered around Široká street is completely surrounded by Staré Město (Old Town). As the former Jewish Ghetto, today all that remains are a few synagogues and the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe. The narrow streets were once small enough that a person could touch the houses on both sides. You can still feel the dignity and history this neighbourhood carries in its legacy as Franz Kafka’s birthplace. Nearby streets are full of kosher restaurants, museums and antique bookstores.
How to get there
  • Old Town • 5 min walk
  • Lesser • 10 min walk
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  • james f
    34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice concert
    Attended a Sunday evening concert.Beautiful surroundings and a great performance by talented musicians. She this was spoilt by audience members taking photos and recording videos. By doing this people deny the venue and artists income stream from the sale of music dvds
    Thank you for your review.
    Written 2 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 March 2023
  • HBAIP
    Brisbane, Australia112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A concert from Czech Collegium hosted at the beautiful Synagogue
    We attended the concert presented by the Czech Collegium which was sensational. Inside you sat while the musicians played for 45-60 minutes. It cost $37EU and was worth the experience. There are different styles of music played during the week, starting at 17:30. Well worth going to before dinner. Highly recommend.
    Thank you for your review.
    Written 13 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Klein I
    Copenhagen Region, Denmark29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous synagogue and the highlight of the Prague visit
    I visited the Prague Jewish Quarter with one of the best guides I have ever experienced in my life Yvonne and her mentor Pavel Batel who took me and my students also to the Terezin Ghetto. Spanish synagogue went through reconstruction and it is an absolute highlight of the Jewish Quarter. You will be standing there and you will be astonished! Do not miss it while in Prague.
    Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
    Written 22 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 March 2023
  • Esty
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful visit with Yvonne
    We visited the Prague synagogues on a semi-private tour and couldnt be happier with our choice. The syngogues are beautiful and it was very powerful to see they are preserved and were not distroyed during the war. Our guide was Yvonne from Jewish Prague Tours and her explantion made the sights come alive. I would highly reccomend taking a guided tour as mny sights of the museum dont have any explention amd without Yvonne we would know what are we looking at.
    Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
    Written 28 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 May 2023
  • Jane S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking Tour Of the Spanish Synagogue and Jewish Museum
    Fantastic walking tour. Yvonne was so knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend time with. We learned so much and felt really comfortable asking questions. It felt very personable. Highly recommend this tour and any others that Yvonne and Pavel run.
    Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
    Written 28 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 May 2023
  • viscountesslily
    California292 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    This is a must see on your tourist agenda. There are three options for tickets. The one I purchased was 550 crowns or about $25 to see all the synagogues, the cemetery and the ceremonial hall. When I bought the tickets, the lady tried to sell the audio accompaniment but when I declined because I told her I have the book with me she kind of got upset. I think it’s the persons choice if they wanted to spend the prices for the ticket but I could see the change in her personality when I refused three times the audio that could be played on my phone while touring the synagogues. Overall, it’s worth going into the synagogues.
    Thank you for your review. Audioguide JMP does not operate, any complaint should be addressed to: info@audioguide.cz. The reactions of the majority of visitors, however, clearly indicates satisfaction with the service.
    Written 2 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Triflyer
    India386 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to visit
    I loved the Spanish Synagague and the museum exhibits there. Very peaceful and calm place. I opted for the 550 CZK ticket covering all synagogues which are valid for Day+1, but the lady at the counter who sold me the tickets never mentioned the synagogues were closed the following day. I could visit only a few on Day 1 and given the following day was a holiday my ticket was not fully utilised. Also I did not find the others as impressive. The lady at the counter also insisted on selling me the audio tour which I declined.
    Thank you for your review. Audioguide JMP does not operate, any complaint should be addressed to: info@audioguide.cz. The reactions of the majority of visitors, however, clearly indicates satisfaction with the service.
    Written 2 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Pieter
    Cape Town, South Africa951 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing for concerts
    I came here for a concert. The acoustics is amazing. Its a picturesque building that is rich in history. The Jewish nation playes such a great part of modern history and its touching to see how this Synagugue had been kept intact through the history.
    Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
    Written 2 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Gavin K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MUST DO “Jewish Quarter” Prague.
    Wow. What a magnificent tour this was. Yvonne our tour guide was fantastic. She was knowledgeable, charismatic and engaging. The Synagogues themselves were spectacular, but Yvonne’s guidance made them and their history “come to life”. This is an absolute MUST DO when in Prague.
    Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
    Written 25 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Tereza M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    We first wanted to do the tour of Jewish Prague by ourselves, no audio guide - just reading the little pieces of texts next to expositions. We had an underwhelming feeling about the experience, as we couldn’t make sense of all the information and ended up just swiftly passing through some of the synagogues and the cemetery. We then decided to give it another try and booked a tour with Yvonne. From the very beginning, her knowledge and enthusiasm for Jewish history in Prague captivated us. She answered all of our questions exhaustively and we ended up prolonging our tour to almost 4 hours. With a Yvonne, though, there was not one moment when we would be bored or overwhelmed. One of the members of our group started feeling a little bit dizzy in the Pinkas Synagogue which serves as the Holocaust memorial - it had a heavy atmosphere and the weather was also quite warm. Yvonne made sure they were okay while continuing the tour in a manner we were comfortable with. I have nothing but good things to say! Can’t wait for our Terezin tour!
    Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
    Written 25 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Spanish Synagogue is a 19th-century, Moorish-style Synagogue located in the Jewish Quarter in the Old Town

The interior has amazing stained glass and gold designs in this house of worship.

The synagogues and the area around were largely spared the destruction of WWII, as Hitler wanted to preserve the area as a “museum of an extinguished race”.
Written 19 February 2024
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John B
Northampton, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
A most stunning hour long concert with a small orchestra and Opera singer. Combined classical with more modern pieces. Found some of the music very moving given the current situation in the Middle East. Can’t recommend more highly.
Written 16 February 2024
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Jasmine2409
Bury, UK21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
very interesting and beautiful place - had lots of info about jewish life in prague and bohemia. spent at least an hour looking at all the exhibitions - the tickets is for 6-8 places in the jewish quarter and also lasts 3 days if you don’t want to do it all at once. We visited 2 other places but this one was the most informative and interactive one.
Written 4 February 2024
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Alice D
Denver, CO2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Aside from obvious reasons to visit a synagogue, I highly recommend attending a concert. Price was reasonable and the performance was incredible. I had to give my standing ovation twice.
Written 23 December 2023
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veronica l
Northumberland, UK92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Modest spanish style building from the outside - inside amazing moorish
architecture and decoration everywhere - interesting objects displayed downstairs - upstairs in the gallery you are able to see the ceiling decoration and lighting more clearly - here the exhibition continues - there are several audio/visual stands with more information about the lives of jews in WW2, at the camp at Terezin and the aftermath. All very thought provoking - some personal stories and family histories were very moving.
Written 20 December 2023
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raybyerley
Mandeville, LA3,578 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had extra time to be tourists so came through this part of Prague.

This Synagogue and associated “Old/New Synagogue made a nice couple hours visit. The inside is very well decorated in a Moorish style. There are many exhibits throughout illustrating Jewish heritage in Eastern Europe and certain family’s histories.

Atrocities committed by the Nazis are also illustrated.

We attached several pictures.
Written 17 October 2023
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Thank you for your review.
Written 9 November 2023
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Andrea L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
A must do when in Prague , places full of history and how they’ve been preserved for centuries. Beautiful and remarkable. 7 places for a single ticket
Written 29 September 2023
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Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
Written 17 October 2023
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Beth N
Maryland55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Jaw-dropping! Absolutely gorgeous! This is a must-see in Prague. Spend 1 - 2 hours going through all of the exhibits. AMAZING!
Written 21 September 2023
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Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
Written 17 October 2023
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anita l
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The synagogue is a beautiful building, with plenty of display boards explaining the context and background. However, my experience was spoiled by witnessing a man being harangued by a member of the staff on reception because he declined to buy the add-on audio guide. He clearly didn't want it, but she did go on at him at length and suggested that it wasn't worth going in if he didn't have it as he wouldn't understand anything. He politely stood his ground but the conversation only ended when he moved away. I didn't feel her behaviour was appropriate for a religious building, and neither for someone dealing with tourists on a daily basis. I bought my ticket from a fair haired young woman who was very nice, as were the rest of the people looking after the building.
Written 19 September 2023
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Thank you for your review. Audioguide JMP does not operate, any complaint should be addressed to: info@audioguide.cz. The reactions of the majority of visitors, however, clearly indicates satisfaction with the service.
Written 20 September 2023
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Beautiful on the inside with a very interesting museum. We did this as part of a ticket that gives you access to this building, the cemetery and a few other sites in Prague Jewish Town (but NOT the Old-New Synagogue). There is a lot of Jewish history in this area and these sites and museums give you a great glimpse into that. It’s well worth the cost and time to spend a couple of hours to see these places.
Written 28 August 2023
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Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
Written 29 August 2023
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Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

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Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost €37.67, while a popular guided tour starts around €3.05 per person.