"Jewish Museum" Jewish Museum and Synagogue Tip by nicolaitan

Jewish Museum and Synagogue, Munich: 4 reviews and 8 photos


The rapidly growing Jewish community of Munich, now over 9000, centers on St. Jakobs Platz south of Marienplatz. The complex is comprised of a synagogue opened on the 68th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a community center with a school, an auditorium, and a kosher restaurant, and the striking museum building located between them. It is designed as a free standing cube with a glass enclosed ground floor. A plaque of the ten commandments is built into one wall. The remainder of the building is windowless.
The Museum formally opened in March 2007. It is managed by the City of Munich. The basement level contains the permanent exhibit which emphasizes Jewish tradition and culture through the display of artifacts related to the holidays and the rites of Jewish passage including birth, bar mitzvah, wedding, and death. It explores the course of Jewish life over the past 1000 years with special emphasis on Munich, the home of the National Socialist Party.

The upper two floors feature special exhibits of varying interest. On our visit, the feature was Dirndls, Trunks, and Edelweiss - The Folk Art of the Wallachs. It presented clothing, household utensils, and crafts and folk art obtained from The Wallach House of Folk Art and Traditional Costume which closed in 2004. The Wallach brothers fled Nazi Germany but allowed the exhibits to continue under their name till closing. The exhibit includes items from the American Wallach estate and loans from former clients.

I would love to say that the Jewish Museum is a superb depiction of Munich Jewish life but the fact is that for those with more than a passing interest in Jewish heritage the museum will seem rudimentary and disappointing. The permanent exhibition is limited in scope and touches only briefly on the issues of the 20th Century, unsurprising given the ownership and management. The special exhibits are interesting, but hardly compelling except to those with an interest in early Bavarian culture.

Caveats under directions below - please read.

Address: St Jakobs Platz 16, 80331 Munich
Directions: Do note - all cameras and garments must be checked. The stairways are steep and long and access to the single small elevator is carefully controlled. The only toilets are on the basement level, a long way down and especially up to the special exhibits.
Phone: +49 - 89 23396096
Website: http://www.juedisches-museum-muenchen.de/home.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 9, 2007
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