The Museum of Jewish History

The Museum of Jewish History

The Museum of Jewish History
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
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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  • contemplative writer
    York, Maine53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    thought-provoking
    Located in the medieval Jewish quarter of the city, this museum opens a window on the past. A brief film in English describes the history of Jewish communities in the 20th century and the impact of the Shoah. Thought-provoking
    Dear visitor, thank you for your comments. We're glad you had a nice time in our Museum, and we hope to see you again someday!
    Written August 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Milonga
    Poole, United Kingdom490 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent museum in the Medieval Jewish area of Girona.
    This museum is well worth visiting as is the entire former a Jewish area. It has just the right amount of information about the Medieval Jewish Community who lived in this area and also something about the Kewish religion and rituals. Information is also provided in English.
    Dear visitor, thank you for your kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to our Museum, and hope to welcome you back again someday!
    Written August 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Life2Travel
    Charlotte, North Carolina1,625 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a well done museum, don't miss it
    This is a very well done, small museum exploring the Jewish history in Girona. We were lucky to also have a tour guide and then walk the streets that used to be the Jewish quarter. It is a sad but fascinating part of the history of Girona.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
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contemplative writer
York, ME53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Located in the medieval Jewish quarter of the city, this museum opens a window on the past. A brief film in English describes the history of Jewish communities in the 20th century and the impact of the Shoah. Thought-provoking
Written July 10, 2023
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Dear visitor, thank you for your comments. We're glad you had a nice time in our Museum, and we hope to see you again someday!
Written August 12, 2023
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Shahar L
Tel Aviv, Israel259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
A very impressive museum depecting the lost jewish community of girona from before the drportation. a beautiful collection of grave stones as well as other informative displays. and of course- don't miss the court yard, and the art work showing the cartographers!
Written November 14, 2021
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Thank you very much for your beautiful comment. We are glad you enjoyed our museum, and we hope you can visit us again. Staff of Patronat del Call de Girona.
Written February 22, 2022
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Milonga
Poole, UK490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This museum is well worth visiting as is the entire former a Jewish area.
It has just the right amount of information about the Medieval Jewish Community who lived in this area and also something about the Kewish religion and rituals. Information is also provided in English.

Written July 11, 2023
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Dear visitor, thank you for your kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to our Museum, and hope to welcome you back again someday!
Written August 12, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Moscow, Russia135,347 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Priestly exposition, where you will learn about the history of the Jewish communities in Catalonia and the Kingdom of Aragon, which covers the period from the 9th to the 15th centuries. Among the artifacts presented in the museum, the collection of medieval Jewish tombstones is of particular interest.
Written December 7, 2022
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Thank you very much for your beautiful comment. We are glad you enjoyed our museum, and we hope you can visit us again. Staff of Patronat del Call de Girona.
Written January 18, 2023
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JaneBoSox
Newton, MA38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Discovered in the 1970’s, the Museo was located in the “Khal”, the Jewish neighborhood, and was the site of the yeshiva (place of learning) of Nachmanides, known in Catalan as Bonastruc ÇaPorta, a Chief Rabbi of Catalan and great Jewish Talmudist and kabalist who lived from 1194 -1270 and was banished by king James I of Aragon for his spirited and successful defense of Judaism during the “Disputation of Barcelona" in 1263. The site remained in Jewish hands but was blocked off and built over after the Expulsion of the Jews in 1492, after which time the historic memory of there ever being a Jewish neighborhood there was wiped out. The signs inside the Museo are in Spanish, Catalan, English and French, so it is accessible to many. We were fascinated to see the familiar rooms of Jewish life: A mikveh, a waiting room for the mikveh, and more. Startling was the room of “lapida” or gravestones, taken from the Jewish graves outside of Gerona, the etching in Hebrew now translated into 3 different languages. Of great interest to me were the models of how Jews lived and dressed in that time, including the badge that they were forced the wear outside of their neighborhood, indicating they were Jews, a heavy reminder of Nazi strategy. Another room highlights the mathematicians and scientists who arose out of the community. The museum boasts a wonderful bookstore, selling books in Spanish, English, Catalan, and French, and even kosher wine from Spain! The museum should be visited by all who thought that Jewish life in Spain either didn’t exist, or who thought that it existed solely in southern Spain, the Cordoba, Malaga and Sevilla areas. The museum shows that Jews were an important and contributing part of Catalan culture and is a must-see.
Written September 2, 2008
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TravelCA-NY
Berkeley, CA12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Solo
I made a pilgrimage from Barca to see this museum and the Jewish quarter. The museum has NO items from the town or Spain in general- bc the Inquisition destroyed them all. They've made a grand museum containing relics from a zillion other countries, cheezy videos, copies and reproductions. The sole real things they have are gravestones, and one doorway tile with an empty hole where a mezuzah once was. I tried to be cool about this fact once I realized it- not the museum's fault that the Jews took their objects with them and Spain tried to remove all evidence of their presence.

But I was very angry when I got home from the day and did more research on the Jewish quarter and the museum and discovered that the museum was sitting on lots of discoveries! Apparently their back courtyard, of which I took several pictures of some mysterious holes in the ground, was actually the Jewish butcher shop in the area- no notice of this in the museum anywhere! I also took photos of what looked like an old room with janitor supplies in it. Looking online.. this is the local Doctor's home that they just discovered/excavated recently?! The room was dark and had janitor equipment in it. So in other words several of the real important things they have, they didn't share this information with visitors or do any scholarship about them. They just showed me basically fancy copies.

I also think there is no Jewish involvement in the place. I asked if they had lit any of the menorahs in their big menorah collection (from other parts of the world) this year, i.e. was their any Hanukkah celebration (i was there around that time of year), they seemed surprised and said no. Their shop was cheezy and kind of embarrassing. I found the museum more upsetting than enlightening, although I'm glad to have seen their collection of tombstones (some of which were recently being used as decorative elements in people's homes, like for fish pools etc).
Written January 19, 2013
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Marc F
Cleveland, OH294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Given that Jews were basically expelled or killed 700 years ago and that there is a relatively small Jewish population in Girona and Spain, i was surprised to find such an impressive (if not large) Jewish museum in Girona, the home of Nachmanides in the Middle Ages. if you're interested in the Jewish history of this area, this museum is a must see.
Written August 13, 2022
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Thank you for your comment. We are glad you enjoyed our Museum, and we hope you can visit us again. Staff del patronat del Call de Girona.
Written January 18, 2023
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David H
Cambridge, MA829 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This museum is located in the old town and in a very old building. Unfortunately, it is not air conditioned so it can be sweltering inside during the heat of the summer. The tickets were 4 Euros for general admission. There are several floors of exhibits describing the history of the Jewish quarter in Girona until forced dispersion in 1492. It is a fascinating history with many interesting artifacts. All signs are in Catalan, Spanish, English, and French.
Written July 24, 2022
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Thank you for your comment. We are glad you enjoyed our museums and we hope you can visit us again. Staff del Patronat del Call de Girona.
Written January 18, 2023
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VeeLee4
Arlington, VA145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
The museum exhibits were very well done, and there were at least three ways to get information in English -- the free audio guide; printed material on the walls, and separate informational cards in each room. They do a good job of tracing the history of the Jewish community, that, sadly, basically ended in 1492. They have original burial stones that were particularly interesting, as well as other information about actual people who lived in the Jewish Call.
Written April 7, 2019
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Dear Sir or Madam, thank you very much for your comment. We are glad to know you found the information was well displayed and you found it informative. Yours sincerely, Patronat Call de Girona's Staff
Written June 18, 2019
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Jeff G
New York City, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
I visited the museum 4 years ago (despite the date below). Knowing it was small I expected to spend about an hour, maybe 90 minutes and have lunch afterwards. I wound up spending about 3 hours, loved seeing and reading all the English explanations. I was starved having spent so long but was well worth my hunger, lol.

I hope the picture of what I purchased in the gift shop attached to the museum comes thru--it's one of my favourite things I've ever bought in Europe.
Written June 3, 2017
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Dear Sir or Madam, we are glad to read your lines and to know that after four years you keep all these feelings about the visit in our museum. That's true, despite it is not a big building, there's information enough to spend two or three hours inside if do you want. Kind regards, Staff of the Patronat Call de Girona
Written June 27, 2017
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