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Museum of Jewish Culture (Muzeum zidovskej kultury)
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Good museum

There is some confusion amongst the reviews here. There are 2 separate Jewish museums. This Jewish... read more

Reviewed March 6, 2019
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Very interesting

Loved this small museum on Jewish culture. Included some information on the treatment of Jews in... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

Between WW2 decimating the Jewish population of Bratislava, and the Communists destroying the Jewish Quarter to build the UFO Bridge in the 1960's, very little authentic Jewish Slovakian history remains. Luckily this Synagogue continues to serve the 500+ Jewish residents here, and houses a museum with several worthwhile exhibitions. Our visit included a look at the very traditional Synagogue, with it's wooden pews and center altar. All over Europe, where they remain, this was what a Jewish Synagogue looked like from middle ages on.
The top floor houses the museum. The current temporary exhibit is about an incredibly astute man who saved as many Slovakian Jewish religious items from the period before WW2 including drawings of the synagogues, many no longer in existence. The drawings are architectural and as accurate as building plans. Even more moving for us was that we were toured through the museum by a Holocaust survivor who could tell us his personal experiences. Since this generation is passing from this earth now, this made it even more moving for our family. My father's family lives in Bratislava, having survived the Holocaust, so this was very moving for us all.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

This museum tells the story of Jews living in Slovakia. Located in the only remaining shul (Orthodox), in the city, this museum is both informative & insightful. On arrival, I took a seat & listened to Martin give a 1st hand account of Jewish life in Bratislava. Martin speaks # languages, is very helpful & knowlegeable. He recommended other Jewish sites to visit. I realized this was the most significant.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 6, 2018

A small museum in a splendid old building, spread over a number of smallish interconnecting rooms. For those interested in the subject (of Slovakia Jewry and Jewish Dec Arts - or Art History generally ) it is very informative. Objects well presented and visible, the labelling is in Slovakian and English. Small shop with many relevant publications Don't forget to go into the basement to see the cemetery. Loos on every level. No cafe. Parking a possibility but walking distance from centre of town.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed April 25, 2018 via mobile

Excellent museum. One of the nicest in Bratislava.
Shows jewish culture, traditions, decorations, etc. Very nice form how get to know Jewish culture.
When you are in Bratislava, you must see this museum ;-).

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2017

Located on Zidovska Street on the edge of the Old Town and near the steep approaches to the Castle, one may easily miss this undistinguished mansion housing the Jewish Culture Museum as it is marked only by a small sign on the wall, probably to discourage vandalism.
Modern in layout and design, the cultural and religious artifacts, garnered from ruined communities all over the country, are spread over three floors, and in my opinion, are respectfully and tastefully displayed with accurate labeling in Slovak and English.
I cannot agree that the museum does not depict Jewish life and habits as they were before the Holocaust, as we have visited similar museums all over Europe.
The interesting and proud special exhibition covering Slovakia's champion Jewish wrestler, mentioned negatively by a critic, was a fairly contemporary window on Jewish sporting activities as they had been in the 'forties, before the Nazi horrors destroyed all such inter-faith contacts, so it also warranted a place among the more formal cultural items on display.
Probably not the best, but certainly not the worst, this museum really deserves a visit by those fascinated by Jewish life, before and after the extinctions.

Date of experience: September 2017
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