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“Very interesting museum”

Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaisme
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Ranked #166 of 1,108 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.
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Very interesting museum”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

The museum is located in the Marais which was the Jewish quarter of Paris and you can still find outside in just a few minutes walk some Kosher restaurants and pastry shops, which I found nice after all the explanations inside the museum of Jewish rituals.
Inside you'll find a great collection of religious articles & Judaica and other evidence of the Jewish life in france over the decades. Interesting collection with explanations in English and of course you can get an audio guide as well.

Visited March 2013
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Omer, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“more than I had expected”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

this is a gem of a museum. Art work-history-ceremonial objects and very well laid out . Head phones are available (free) and I suggest using them for another dimension of understanding and enjoyment

Visited February 2013
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rockaway, nj
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“Magnificent artifacts”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I am a docent at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC and was in awe of the collection that is in this museum. It is not only from France, but from all over Europe from hundreds of years ago. The Judaica collection is like no other I have ever seen. The prayer books and items associated with the synagogue were fascinating. My favorite was the Sukkah that was from Austria, I believe, with the scenes of the mountains painted inside. It was heartwarming to see so many people visiting the museum, so many different ethnicities and religions! There is alot to see and do in Paris, but if you are interested in Judaism and seeing some beautiful things from the Jewish past of Europe, don't miss this! Lovely gift shop, with reasonably priced items. I always purchase something when I visit a museum, and bought a beautiful hamsa bracelet!

Visited February 2013
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“Sombre reflective atmosphere well worth a visit”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Passed the gates many times and often planned to go here and at last we did so today. Entry is rather security conscious but takes just a minute or so. The building is a fine showcase for the exhibits which give a full picture of Jewish history of oppression. The exhibits run from models and photographs of synagogue's through the ages to fine Chagall paintings and old costumes worn throughoutvthe ages. The exhibition for a non Jew is interesting and revealing. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit and woukd recommend it.

Visited February 2013
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Haifa, Israel
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“A Journey through Jewish history”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

A small museum crammed full of French -Jewish history. In addition to historical information, there are beautiful pieces of judaica, original works of art including paintings by Chagall, small models of synagogues and a photo exhibition of modern day Jews living in France and talking about their jewish identities. The museum is on a number of floors, the top level is devoted to the Jews who immigrated from Arab countries and blended their sephardic customs and lifestyles with those of the already existing ashkenazic community [which was largely decimated by the holocaust and revived by this influx of observant Jewery]. Well worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
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