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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 #7 of 26 Attractions in Girona
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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17 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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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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7 attraction reviews
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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Paris, France
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The museum is very informative with well displayed exhibits revealing a detailed history of the Jews in Spain.

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31 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I was really impressed with this museum. It presented the story in a forthright and unbiased manner. Really good information nicely set out. I have seen many Jewish museums in Europe and this was probably one of the best if not the best. I used the audio guide. It was a good aide. The museum presented the information in the... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This isn't worth the hassle unless you're a Jewish history in Europe fanatic. Not much in here really. If I had the choice again I wouldn't bother with this museum for €4 as there is much better value to be had in the Girona history museum for €4 or the Arab baths for €2 or just wnadering around the Call... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Fascinating museum--a trip back in time and very informative. Small, easy to see everything, we so enjoyed it. My friend is an archeologist (Spaniard) and she was impressed. In the evening we had the good fortune to attend a free concert by a young Israeli musician (playing a new instrument--the hang). It was a glorious setting--in the courtyard of this... More

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