Jüdisches Museum – Jewish Museum Munich
The Jüdisches Museum – Jewish Museum in Munich is a museum dedicated to the history, art, life, and culture of the Jewish People, with special attention to those of the Jewish community of Munich.
The museum was opened in 2007, part of a larger complex including the Munich Jewish Community Center and the Main Synagogue, and is housed in a stone-clad building, designed by Wandel, Hoefer und Lorch architects.
The museum’s mission is “to provide a forum for open discussion and to introduce the tremendous breadth of Jewish history, art, and culture including present-day Jewish life” and, along with exhibitions, it also organizes an intense activity aimed to make the museum a lively laboratory and research institution, focused on Jewish culture.
The permanent exhibition, entitled Voices-Places-Times, is composed of a diverse set of artifacts, artworks, documents, and audiovisual exhibits, narrating the history of the Jewish community of Munich, the various aspects of its identity, including the Jewish religion, festivals and rites of passage.
Since 2017, the museum also accommodates a memorial dedicated to the victims of the 1972 Munich Massacre, in which eleven Israeli athletes and one German policeman were killed during a terrorist attack at the 20th Summer Olympics.
The Jüdisches Museum also organizes temporary exhibitions, guided tours, workshops, special events, and educational programs.
The museum also contains a reading room, a study area, a bookshop, and a Kosher restaurant.
Photos: 1 by Kai Ross; 2 and 3 by felixtriller
Cover image: the Jewish Museum (on the left) and the Main Synagogue in Munich; photo Massimiliano Giani.
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