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“Fascinating History” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jewish Museum in Prague

Jewish Museum in Prague
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$37.87*
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Jewish Prague Walking Tour
Ranked #43 of 920 things to do in Prague
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This historic pre-war Jewish neighborhood now stands as a silent memorial to its people.
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“Fascinating History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Since I knew I would be visiting Terezin while in the Czech Republic, I decided that visiting the Jewish neighborhood would probably help prepare me. It was a wonderful experience.

There were attendants at each synagogue who were very helpful. Guides and audioguides were both available. I recommend starting at Pinkas synagogue. It is so beautiful and the names of the Holocaust victims on the walls will haunt you. Each synagogue and ceremonial hall had impressive museums. Pinkas had artwork by the children of Terezin. It included their photos and some of their personal items.

I really enjoyed the Old-New synagogue. The attendants were very helpful. Since it is a still functioning synagogue, I even met several members. They also had many stories to tell.

Across from the Old-New synagogue is an excellent bookstore. It has great books on Terezin (better than what is actually in Terezin). I strongly recommend taking the time to visit this area.

Visited July 2013
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jewishmuseminprague, Manažer komunikace at Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this review, October 14, 2015
Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!
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“Be choiceful on which site to visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Our primary objective was to visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, but because you can not only buy a ticket just to enter the Cemetery, we bought the minimal guide ticket which includes Maisel, Klausen, Pinkas, Spanish Synagogue, the cemetery and Ceremonial hall.

I would advise to only really visit the Cemetery, Pinkas and Spanish Synagogue. The other sites are really only relevant if you have a deep profound interest in the whole Jewish history of Prague throughout all the centuries otherwise I would avoid the others.

The Cemetery as reflected in my earlier review is really worth it. Don't buy the ticket to take pictures, they don't check. We bought it, but everybody else was taking pictures as well, so it is a rip-off.
I would advise Pinkas, just because you see all the names of the Jewish people who perished from the Getto and it really helps you understand the impact of the war and it also puts the cemetery in perspective. The childrens drawing exhibit will also make you think about the war.

Spanish Synagogue I liked a lot as well, because it talks about more which famous Jews, the impact on Czech Jews of the past 2 centuries. What I found most interesting was the impact of the World War on Prague Jews.Also the architecture of this Synagogue I never saw before, quite unique to me.

For all the sites, be aware that the people who sell tickets and admit entrance are not really the most friendly persons you will encounter in Prague.

Visited July 2013
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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this review, April 17, 2015
Thank you very much for your kind comments, we are glad the Pinkas synagogue had such an impact on you and we will look forward your next visit of the Jewish Museum in Prague.
Considering the uniqueness of the sites we believe the fee for taking pictures is legitimate. Rather than on strict rules we rely upon the common decency of our visitors. We appreciate your honesty.
Each unfriendly conduct of our employees is a violation of internal regulations. We regret you felt uncomfortable and apologize for them. We always welcome specific description unpleasant experience, so we can deduce concrete conclusions and prevent its recurrence.
Thank you for your understanding and we will look forward your next visit of the Jewish Museum in Prague.
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“An expensive visit with some plus points”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

There are a number of issues with this interesting set of "attractions". The ticket price is expensive for what is a very dated style of presentation. This becomes obvious when you buy the ticket from a person who remains anonymous within the shadows of his/her office. Surely being able to see the person taking the momney would be a better start to the visit. The second major problem is the propensity of traders offering "tourist trash" outside the venues. This is certainly not what should be happening. The list of names of those who were murdered is touching and demonstrates quite clearly the evil nature of extermination during World War 2. This exhibit requires little further explanation than that provided.
It is essential that you read something about what you are seeing prior to the visit as this helps understand the nature of the cemetry and other exhibits seen. However the presentation of the museums is very dated with lots of glass cabinets containing labelled items. This needs improving to bring it in line with more modern methods of interpretation seen at other venues.

Visited July 2013
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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this review, April 17, 2015
Thank you for your visit and your comments. The exhibits of the JMP are placed in historic religious areas, thus the exposition possibilities are reduced significantly. On the other hand, JMP offers to its visitors an unprecedented quantity and quality of what many other institutions are lacking: original collection items, so the museum does not have to resort to their presentation through modern media.
We are aware however, that the exposures are relatively old fashioned - originated in the years 1995 - 1998 - and that is why JMP gradually upgrades them. The new exhibits will also include modern communication media.
Regarding the souvenirs offered around the museum’s premises: JMP is responsible only for those shops in front of the Pinkas Synagogue. We believe that the souvenirs offered there are stylish. JMP has nothing in common with the assortment of other stalls in the former Prague's Jewish Town and we agree with you that its quality is rather low and does not correspond with the reverential character of the place.
Thank you for your understanding and we will look forward your next visit of the Jewish Museum in Prague.
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

The "museum" is comprised of several sites and takes a couple of hours. I found it quite interesting to see how the Jewish community fared throughout the centuries. Well worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this review, April 17, 2015
Thank you very much for your kind comments and we will look forward your next visit of the Jewish Museum in Prague.
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“You get out what you put in”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

This is quite a demanding set of linked museums and religio-historic sites (synagogues, cemetery, Ceremonial hall), as it requires time, effort and attention to get to each of the six venues you will be paying for. But, be warned, as other reviews have noted, you do not get in the 300K ticket price several other important Jewish sites in Prague such as the old-new synagogue (that costs 480K). It's also demanding insofar as it requires you (as a discerning individual visitor, which we assume you are as a reader of Tripadvisor) to figure out the sites to visit, whilst avoiding becoming mixed up in various noisy multi-lingual group tours. The six sites are each of varying individual interest, according to your own preferences (historical/religious manuscripts, Jewish religious artifacts, funereal ceremonials in the Ceremonial Hall, cemeteries, etc) and they are internally not very well signed or labelled, so require close reading. Many of the headings are on glass and can be difficult to read and the multi-lingual explanations seem varied; Czech and English seem likely to be the best. You can hire an audio set for the whole visit but it seems extortionate (250K per set, 200 for students) on top of the ticket price. Nevertheless, we saw numerous families with several children all going around with the audio tour headsets (maybe they get a special deal).

All in all, the set of sites comprising the "Jewish Museum in Prague" is worth a visit. However, we guess it would be difficult to interpret these effectively without some prior knowledge of the area (especially of WWII) and with an interest in Jewish practices or comparative religions. Therefore, to buy the ticket at face value is of somewhat debatable value compared with international similar musuems, but then Prague is not a cheap individual museum venue. This ticket is marked as valid for 7 days but take care - it says in the small print it is NOT valid for repeated entry. As they scan the ticket at each site, you probably cannot go again for a revision visiit - a great pity given the price.

We are assuming that most mass group tours that abound in the summer are getting some all-inclusive admission deals. Otherwise, the numerous abstract, disinterested individuals one sees wandering around so many sites in this beautiful city are getting very bad value for money!

Visited July 2013
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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this review, April 17, 2015
Thank you for your comments. The Old-New Synagogue is owned by the Jewish community in Prague, the tour is not included in the tour of the JMP. This information is given in all the spots where you can buy tickets. You can buy a separate tickets or combined ticket. The admission to the synagogue is CZK 200 (140 for students and children). The ticket for CZK 480 Includes all the sites of the JMP plus the Old New Synagogue (i.e. Maisel Synagogue / Pinkas Synagogue / Old Jewish Cemetery / Klausen Synagogue / Ceremonial Hall / Spanish Synagogue / Old-New Synagogue + temporary exhibitions in the Robert Guttmann Gallery).
The ticket is valid for seven days and you may access each site once.
Thank you for your understanding and we will look forward your next visit of the Jewish Museum in Prague.
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