Jewish Museum London

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The Jewish Museum London is for people of all backgrounds and faiths to explore British Jewish heritage, identity and culture.

Set against a spacious and modern architectural backdrop with displays across four permanent galleries, the museum brings the Jewish story to life, placing it in a wider context of British history.

Our education programmes, exhibitions and events encourage a sense of discovery and creativity and tell the story of Jewish history, culture and religion in an innovative and compelling way.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Daily 10am-5pm (Friday 10am-2pm)

Admission charges

Adults: £7.50*
Concessions: £6.50*
Child (5-16): £3.50
Family ticket: £18 for two adults and up to 4 children
Museum Friends and Under 5s: free
*Prices include voluntary donation for Gift Aid purposes.
Admission is free to the Welcome Gallery, museum shop and café

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

Transport links
3 minutes walk from Camden Town underground station (Northern Line)
6 minute walk from Mornington Crescent underground station (Northern Line)
Buses 24, 27, 29, 31, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274, C2

The Ritual Judaica collection at this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collections held by The Jewish Museum are unique in the UK for their rich representation of items of Judaica, in particular with an English provenance. The collections of the museum as a whole are of a high quality, but there are some particularly rare items within the Designated collection of Jewish ceremonial art, which is considered among the finest in the world.

Highlights include a 16th century Venetian synagogue ark and magnificent silver Torah ornaments from the Great Synagogue in Duke's Place, City of London, destroyed during the Blitz. In addition the museum has an outstanding collection of synagogue textiles, metalwork and illuminated manuscripts reflecting Jewish religious life and practice. The museum also tells the story of Jewish history in Britain from the Norman conquest until recent times.

Collection details

World Cultures, Social History, Religion, Personalities, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Judaica collection includes a 16th century Italian synagogue ark, Italian cradle charms, the oldest English made Hanukah lamp, embroidered textiles and illuminated marriage contracts. Highlights in the History Gallery include medieval notched wooden tax receipts, eighteenth century portraits, a Queen Anne silver tray and loving cups presented to the Lord Mayors of London by the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue.
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Jukebox exhibition at the Jewish Museum

Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl

  • 14 July — 16 October 2016 *on now

In the late 19th century, a German-Jewish immigrant to the USA changed the world. With Emil Berliner’s invention of the gramophone and the record, the age of mass entertainment found its first global medium.

Go on a musical journey of discovery through popular culture, featuring records that changed lives and the technology that made it happen.

This interactive exhibition takes that moment in history as its starting point, exploring the experience of the 20th century through shellac and vinyl, celebrating the history of Jewish inventors, musicians, composers, music producers and songwriters.

See early examples of phonographs and gramophones and immerse yourself in the sounds of the 20th century; from Jewish folk music to Yiddish theatre songs, from Broadway musicals to rock‘n’roll via the rebels of punk and psychedelic rock.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.50/6.50 (includes £1 voluntary donation)

Website

http://jewishmuseum.org.uk/jukebox

Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Jewish Century on Shellac and Vinyl

  • 14 July — 16 October 2016 *on now

In the late 19th century, a German-Jewish emigrant to the USA changed the world. With Emil Berliner’s invention of the gramophone and the record, the age of mass entertainment found its first global medium.

Go on a musical journey of discovery through popular culture, featuring records that changed lives and the technology that made it happen.

Website

http://www.jewishmuseum.org.uk/jukebox

Scots Jews exhibition at the Jewish Museum London

Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future

  • 16 September 2016 — 12 February 2017

Explore Scotland’s diverse and complex Jewish community - from the Shetlands to the Borders - through the lens of award-winning photographer Judah Passow.

The Scottish Jewish community dates back to at least the 1700s and, for the majority of that time, it has been the largest non-Christian community in the country.

It has produced scientists and doctors, judges and Members of Parliament, artists and writers, farmers and foresters, and kilt makers and whisky distillers.

This digital display of 80 photographs explores the story of this community and how it maintains its traditions, while fully embracing Scottish culture. By exploring beyond the major cities, Passow has sought out Jewish life in the least expected of places.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.50/£6.50 (includes £1 voluntary donation)

Website

http://jewishmuseum.org.uk/scots-jews

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Photograph of singer songwriter Nick Cope

Yiddish Story and Song

  • 4 September 2016 10am-1pm

Come and celebrate the European Day of Jewish Culture, the theme this year is languages.

Enjoy an interactive concert from family singer and songwriter Nick Cope and performances from the London Yiddish Choir, hear Yiddish folk tales retold, and join in our touch tour of Yiddish objects in the museum.

10.15-10.45am - Yiddish Folk Tales
Hear Yiddish folk tales retold for all the family to enjoy

11am-midday - Singalong with Nick Cope
Join family singer and songwriter Nick Cope as he performs songs that kids will love to sing and that will get them up and dancing.

12.15-1pm - London Yiddish Choir
The London Yiddish Choir and Chutzpah choir (Brighton) led by Yiddish choir activist Polina Shepherd perform Yiddish songs old and new. These songs describe the diverse lives of communities across Eastern and Central Europe – their memories and hopes, history and creativity, kvetching and celebrations and their life in the 21st century

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • Any age

Admission

£7.50/£6.50. Free for under 5s, Art Fund members and Friends of the Museum

Website

http://jewishmuseum.org.uk/whats-on?item=738

Photo of Alan Dein in the Jukebox exhibition

Alan Dein 'Chai Fidelity'

  • 22 September 2016 7-8pm

Oral historian and radio broadcaster Alan Dein takes you on a journey into the recorded sounds and stories of Anglo-Jewry in this audiovisual talk. The talk complements the exhbition 'Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl' on which Alan acted as advisor.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Museum entry applies (£7.50/£6.50)

Mindfulness and Music

  • 1 October 2016 10am-12pm

An introduction to mindfulness with Mark Leonard of Mindfulness 4 Change. Mark will use music to explore sound, thought and emotion.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15

Jukebox exhibition at the Jewish Museum

DJing Workshop

  • 16 October 2016 2-4pm

Find out what DJing is all about and learn the basics of mixing

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£15

Getting there

Transport links
3 minutes walk from Camden Town underground station (Northern Line)
6 minute walk from Mornington Crescent underground station (Northern Line)
Buses 24, 27, 29, 31, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274, C2

Jewish Museum London
Raymond Burton House
129-131 Albert Street
Camden Town
London
Greater London
NW1 7NB
England

Website

Website

www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

General enquiries

admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

General enquiries

020 7284 7384

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