The Museum of Jewish History

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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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Shahar L
Herzliya, Israel243 contributions
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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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,376 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I’ve visited numerous Jewish museums around the world and most focus on what life was like when the Jewish people lived (and prospered) there.

This museum, while it does give an accounting of what Jewish life was like, due to the fact that Jews haven’t lived in Girona since the late 1400’s, makes giving a comprehensive history all the more difficult. Recent excavations offer tangible evidence of what life was like here in the Call (Jewish quarter). The Mikveh area was especially fascinating. When walking around the Call, see if you can spot the indentations in the doorways where mezuzahs once hung.

What this museum does differently, however, is to give the history of Jewish persecution, led by Spain’s Catholic Church and it’s political rulers. What happened in Girona’s Call and throughout the Iberian Peninsula is no different than what happened in Nazi Germany and throughout 1930’s-40’s Europe. The only difference is that Spain gave the Jews a ‘choice’ to convert.
The museum shows how lies, heresy, fear, ignorance and intolerance eventually led to the Inquisition.

I commend the museum for preserving what was once a rich history here in Girona and for educating its visitors, especially its young visitors that we must do all we can to never repeat this dark chapter in history - here in Spain or anywhere on Earth!
Written January 27, 2020
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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 1, 2020
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Maecenus
Austin, TX10 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This museum is incredible! A well documented history of the Jews that lived in Catalunya and in Girona. There is much to absorb and reflect upon and I only wish that I had more time here. I hope to return someday!
Written December 6, 2019
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Thank you for your comment, we are glad to know you had liked the exhibition. We hope to see you again. Best regards, Patronat Call de Girona's Staff
Written January 15, 2020
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Lorenzo el Jefe
Barcelona, Spain3,084 contributions
Dec 2019
Mind set problem here.
Western thought: The New World Discovery.
Isabel and Ferdinand: The Moors kicked out following by the Jewish population were way more important actions to a side line voyage to ... where? Hence Isabel of Castile became Isabel the Catholic. She was most proud of this.
Here you can get a wonderful presentation of this sad history in Spain delivered by phone App, excellent info cards in each room, with English on all displays.
For a Spanish history graduate well done.
For a non-Jew, I feel more educated and thank you for it.
Written December 1, 2019
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Thank you for your comment, we are glad to know you had liked the exhibition. We hope to see you again. Best regards, Patronat Call de Girona's Staff
Written January 15, 2020
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Jane542013
Nottingham17 contributions
Oct 2019
A 21st century reflection of medieval life for the Jewish population.
Calm respectful and very well researched.
Spent longer than we expected there
Written November 10, 2019
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Thank you for your comment, we are glad to know you had liked the exhibition. We hope to see you again. Best regards, Patronat Call de Girona's Staff
Written January 15, 2020
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Jessica S
193 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Excellent museum and very good audio guide on the app. Fascinating and succinct and worth a visit. Very nice exhibits. Only about an hour. Neat to see the Mikvah. Only issue were the loud school groups when we were there.
Written November 9, 2019
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Thank you for your comment, we are glad to know you had liked the exhibition. We hope to see you again. Best regards, Patronat Call de Girona's Staff
Written January 15, 2020
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Harry
Middelburg, South Africa15 contributions
Jul 2019
Such a pleasant surprise to see so much jewfish history in Girona. The jews left Spain in 1492. One assumes hat ver little is left of the spanish jewish history. But in Girona there is plenty to see.
Written October 8, 2019
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Thank you for your comment, we are glad to know you had liked the exhibition. We hope to see you again. Best regards, Patronat Call de Girona's Staff
Written January 15, 2020
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allyoop07
Walnut Creek, CA9 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
We went to Girona for the day from Barcelona primarily to see this museum and it did not disappoint us. It’s very well organized, beautiful, informative and has a great audio guide included with the admission fee. It provides the viewer a sense of what the Jewish community was like in Girona prior to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. If you are interested in the history of the Jews on the Iberian peninsula I would highly recommend this museum.
Written October 8, 2019
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Thank you for your comment, we are glad to know you had liked the exhibition. We hope to see you again. Best regards, Patronat Call de Girona's Staff
Written January 15, 2020
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Ronnie S
Strathdon, UK1,369 contributions
Sep 2019
That this has survived in such a state over so many centuries is astonishing. Oddly due to Game of Thrones filming here it will attract many more to come and appreciate the genuine richness of the Museum and the extraordinary story of Girona
Written October 4, 2019
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Thank you for your comment, we are glad to know you had liked the exhibition. We hope to see you again. Best regards, Patronat Call de Girona's Staff
Written January 15, 2020
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ronk1000
Charlotte, NC281 contributions
Sep 2019
Despite reading mixed reviews, I was blown away by everything I saw and learned. Whether your Jewish or non-Jewish, you come away with so much history of the area. The upstairs garden was particularly calming; just to sit there and absorb everything. A must for any Girona visitor.
Written September 27, 2019
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Thank you for your comment, we are glad to know you had liked the exhibition. We hope to see you again. Best regards, Patronat Call de Girona's Staff
Written January 15, 2020
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