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Jewish Museum, Berlin

Country Germany
City Berlin

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Jewish Museum, Berlin
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Jewish Museum, Berlin Description

The Jewish Museum Berlin, obviously in the capital city of Germany, Berlin, is one of the biggest Jewish museums in Europe. It comprises a couple of buildings, and one of the buildings is a new addition made especially for the museum by an architect named Daniel Libeskind. The new building has 2,000 years of German Jewish history on display in the permanent exhibition, and it has a number of changing exhibitions, as well. There is extensive German-Jewish history documented in the collections, the archive and the library, inside the computer terminals at the learning center, and it is further witnessed in the program of events at the museum. The museum was opened up to the public at large in 2001. 

History Of The Jewish Museum, Berlin 

The site of the original Jewish Museum in Berlin was set up on Oranienburger Strabe in 1933, but it was shut down shortly. The Nazi regime closed it down in 1938, as part of their campaign of anti-Semitism in the run-up to World War II. In 1975, a committee was formed, and just three years later, there was an exhibition on Jewish history. Shortly thereafter, the Berlin Museum, which covered the history of the city, set up a Jewish Department, but there were already discussions taking place about setting up a new museum of Jewish history. 

There was a competition for the new museum design in 1988. The committee chosen a design for what was at the time just a “Jewish Department” for the Berlin Museum. The design they chose was radical and had a zigzag look. 

The construction on the new extension of the museum started in 1992. The museum was completed in 1999 and opened in 2001.

Museum Cafe 

Café Shmus 

Café Schmus is at the Jewish Museum, Berlin, and it is open to guests of the museum as well as to guests of the restaurant that are not there to visit the museum. The delicious dishes take Jewish cuisine in a whole new direction. Crustaceans, shellfish, and pork are not on the menu, in keeping with Jewish dietary guidelines. However, the food preparation is not kosher. 

Fresh coffee specialties, as well as a breakfast buffet, are on the menu in the mornings, and there is a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes from noon on. You can also enjoy a snack or just sit back with a cup of coffee and homemade cake after you visit the museum. The Glass Courtyard is beautiful all year round, and the garden in the summer is a sight to see. It’s an excellent way to get away from the noise and movement of the city. 

Opening Hours 

The café is open from 10 AM to 8 PM on Tuesday through Sunday. 

The café is open from 10 AM to 10 PM on Monday. 

Schteh Café 

At the midway point of the permanent exhibition, the museum visitors can stop for a little refreshment. There is a vending machine at Scheh Café on the first floor, and it sells hot drinks and coffee. There is another vending machine one floor up that sells candy. There is even a vending machine for art at the Schteh Café that has shelves of art on contemporary Jewish life in the city of Berlin, created by seven Jewish artists that live and work in the city.

Tourism Information 

Opening Hours 

The museum is open from 10 AM to 10 PM on Monday. 

The museum is open from 10 AM to 8 PM on Tuesday through Sunday. 

Ticket Prices 

The museum’s regular ticket price is 8 Euros. 

The museum’s reduced ticket price is 3 Euros. 

For chidren up to the age of 6 years old, admission is free. 

A family ticket (two adults, up to four children) is 14 Euros. 

For 3 Euros, you can purchase an audioguide. An audioguide cannot be reserved in advance.

Jewish Museum, Berlin video guide

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