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Review of Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaisme

Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaisme
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Ranked #154 of 1,085 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Jewish Art and History is housed in one of the most beautiful historic monuments in the Marais, the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, built in the 17th century. The museum traces the evolution of the Jewish world via its artistic and cultural heritage, focussing on the history of the Jews in France since the Middle Ages and evoking the communities of Europe and North Africa. Its collection, one of the finest in the world, comprises religious objects, manuscripts, textiles and unique archive documents concerning the Dreyfus Affair. Special importance is given to the Jewish presence in the arts, featuring the painters of the School of Paris (Chagall, Kikoïne, Soutine...) and contemporary artists such Christian Boltanski and Sophie Calle. The museum runs programmes of workshops for children, families and adults, guided tours, lectures, live performances and films throughout the year.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Whangarei, New Zealand
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“Intimate and ultra-modern”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2011

There is a dignity and poignancy about this museum which is fitting for the endless persecutions suffered by the Jewish people throughout history, not merely during the Nazi period but certainly including it. The memorable 2011 exhibition here was the "Chagall and the Bible" show. This show included 105 engravings produced for his 1956 edition of the Bible, The rest of the show was made up of works where Chagall had tried to reconcile Judaism and Christianity.

The museum is a cultural and scholarly precinct where Jewish achievement is celebrated and documented, displayed and performed and even for somebody of non-Jewish background, it is rich and fascinating.

Paris is incredibly well-endowed with museums and cultural heritage and this truly wonderful museum and cultural centre, is well worth a visit.

Located in the Marais, it is the traditional home of Jewish culture and commerce in Paris and its history is also tied to the history of Paris. There are many interesting Jewish shops and restaurants in the vicinity and some of these are worth visiting and trying, Food is excellent and often extremely reasonable for Paris.

Visited June 2011
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Melville, New York
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“Loved this Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2011

Lovely Museum in the Marais section of Paris. Has recorded narration of all the exhibits in many languages. A must see for any Jewish family visiting Paris. Then go to Pitzmans Deli for a falafel. Enjoy!

Visited August 2011
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Evanston IL
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“Great Cultural tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2004

A good way to begin a tour of Le Marais, and the old Jewish quarter. This is very similar to Jewish cultural museums in other major ciites; ritual objects, ketubot, tallit, etc., but it is remarkably well-organized and easy to naviagate. Your entry fee gets you an audio tour in English or French, which enables you to move back and forth between entries and exhibits. There are a lot of historical documents on Jewish life in Spain, England, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands as well as just France, and some heart-breaking accounts of pogroms and expulsions. Good section on the WW II experience too.

Allow plenty of time: I expected to breeze through it and found myself staying over 2 hours. While it seems designed for those with little or no knowlege of Judaism, (lots of explanations of the holidays and lifecycle rituals for example) there's plenty to interest Jewish visitors as well.

One caveat: this is NOT part of the Paris Museum pass package, so you'll need to pay a 6 euro entry fee. Well worth it though.

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