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The Museum of Jewish History

Address: Carrer de la Forca, 8, 17004 Girona, Spain
Phone Number: +34 972 21 67 61
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Ranked #14 of 76 things to do in Girona
Type: Specialty museums, History museums, Museums
Owner description: The main aim of the Museum is to preserve and reflect the history of the Jewish communities of...
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Type: Specialty museums, History museums, Museums
Owner description: The main aim of the Museum is to preserve and reflect the history of the Jewish communities of Catalonia, which throughout the entire medieval period formed part of, and made a decisive contribution to, the history of the country and its cultural and scientific development. In most cases an attempt has been made to illustrate the explanations given during the visit to the Museum with examples of items originating from Girona's own Jewish history. These examples, which may be in documentary, archaeological or pictorial form, thus offer a general explanation of the pattern of Jewish life in medieval Catalonia.

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The museum has 3 floors , it has a collcetion of judaica and holy things like Sefer Tora and Hagada and Megilat Esther from earlier centuries. There is also an old Mikve. You can hire voice guides at the enterance. Around the museum you can find El Call street old and very beutiful.

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Toronto
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22 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This museum is located in the old city. It showcases the history of the Jews in the area but they have a limited collection because the Jews were expelled over 500 years ago and most of the stuff was destroyed. They have a large collection of stone coffins which is a fitting metaphor for the Jews in Spain.

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Corte Madera, California
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This very well constructed tour of life in Girona, and the Jewish life in Girona, provides a window into the racial and political history of the town, and the region. Their histories are intertwined, and the portrayal of Jewish life, beliefs, traditions, are all done simply and clearly in this museum. My only wish is that we had more time... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

All over Spain we tried to follow the relationships among Jews, Muslims and Christians. The museum help build a context of how the groups interacted.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Very exciting to be in this place which was an important Jewish community 700 years ago. Reasonable explanations. Easy to

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Girona is said to be the home of Kabbalah. Within this museum you will find stories of the Jewish people who lived in Girona and how they were treated pre- and post- Inquisition. The exhibition gives a general overview of Judaism but the cards at the start of each room are more personal to Girona.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Among other things the museum houses some old headstones from the old cemeteries on which you can still read what was written in the stones. It's a new museum of ancient Jewish times.

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A well organized and thoughtful display of artifacts, documents, maps, and objects related to Jewish history and life in Girona and Spain. Adds much depth and context to a walk around the Jewish Quarter. The bookstore/gift shop next door carries some very relevant and informative books relevant to the history of Jews in Spain.

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Barcelona, Spain
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Very accurate.Great documentation ,beautiful lithography's,a copy of the first jewish map that is about 5 meters long x 2 meter's high. Whatever your beliefs this is a "must".One doesn't have time to be bored not just because of the aboundant insight but because the place is relatively small.45 minutes are sufficient to get the point.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Really interesting museum full of insights into everyday life for the Jewish community and the history of the communities in Spain. Exceeded expectations.

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