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Written by Buvaneshwari Gopinath on May 14, 2020 Share on

Jewish Museum Prague

Museums are like Wikipedia, which has a huge collection of our histories but where you can easily take a walk through the past. Your history of culture often makes the person who you are today and to let others know about it, are you making way to see what they are.  This is exactly what the Jewish Museum in Prague has preserved. The sole reason or the existence of this particular museum is to document the history, the traditions, and the customs followed by the Jewish & to preserve the artefacts used by them in the Ancient days.

Jewish Museum was founded in 1906 and is located in the Jewish Quarters/ Jewish Town, Czech Republic, and is one of the most visited places in Prague. The museum has roughly about 40,000 artefacts preserved, used by the Jews. 

Jew Museum in Prague
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While you are at the museum, try not to miss out the famous

1. Pinkas Synagogue:
Beautifully handwritten names of 80,000 Czech and Moravian Jews, all of whom perished under the Nazi. 

Front view of Jewish Museum
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2. Maisel Synagogue:
It exhibits the cross-section history of the Jews in Bohemia between the 10th – 18th century within the Jewish Community
3. Klausen Synagogue:
Located at the entrance of the museum. It talks about the tradition and customs of the Jews.
4. Spanish Synagogue:
It explains the history of the Czech and Moravian Jews from the 18th century to the present day continued from the Maisel Synagogue.
5. Architect of the Museum:
Mr Daniel Libeskind designed the museum based on the three insights – To understand the contributions made by the Jewish population, integration of consciousness, and the Berlin city memory into the Holocaust and to acknowledge the presence of Jewish traditions in the future.
6. Prague’s Old Jewish Cemetery:
Renowned personalities of the local Jewish community were buried here between the first half of the 15th century to 1786. 

What to wear while visiting the museum?

Jewish museum does not follow a strict dress code. However, it is important not to wear revealing clothes, shoulders have to be covered. Men are required to cover their head (You can either buy or borrow a kippah that’s available at the museum) while entering the cemetery and the Pinkas Shoah memorial.

How to reach there?

The best way is to take public transport

  • Get down to Staroměstská Station (Metro A, Tram 17 or 18, Bus 194, 207)
  • Bus stop U Staré školy (Bus 194)

Open hours

The museum is open every day except Saturdays and Jewish holidays,  from 9 AM to 6 PM during the summer and 9 AM to 4:30 PM during the winter. 

Wanting to know more about what the Jews did and did not do, quickly go to Pickyourtrail and book your tickets to the most visited Jewish museum in Prague.  

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