Jewish Museum London

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We are open to all.

Our museum tells the story of the history and heritage of Jews in Britain through universal themes of migration, family, faith and culture.

Visit us and discover the history, culture and heritage of Jews in Britain from 1066 to the present day.

Explore our four permanent galleries showcasing the vibrancy of Jewish life in Britain, including a recreation of London's East End and rare items from our Designated collection of Jewish ceremonial art.

Don't miss our changing programme of displays in our two exhibition spaces, all included in the price of admission.

Plus - take part in our fun events and activities for all the family!

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

Additional info

There is full physical access to all public areas (including galleries, education suite, shop, café and auditorium).

Services available for visitors with mobility impairments:

Accessible lift serving all floors of the Jewish Museum London
Accessible lavatories are available on most floors
A wheelchair which can be booked for use within the museum
Services available for visitors with hearing impairments:

​An induction loop runs through the Welcome Gallery, Auditorium and permanent gallery spaces. Users should switch their hearing aid to T mode and as they approach sound coming through in-built speakers it will pick up the amplification.
Carers are admitted free.

Access for guide dogs is allowed in all areas of the gallery.

Any questions please call the museum on +44 (0)20 7284 7384.

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.
Older lady holding musical instrument - accordion.

Remembering the Kindertransprt: 80 Years on

  • 8 November 2018 — 10 February 2019 *on now

“What is my key message to future generations? Tolerance.”
- Elsa Shamash, Kindertransport refugee
To mark the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, discover the stories of six of the Kinder (child refugees) in their own words.

In 1938-39 the British government allowed 10,000 Jewish and other ‘non-Aryan’ children from occupied Europe to come to Britain. This remarkable rescue operation became known as the Kindertransport. Now in their 80s and 90s, the Kinder have given their testimony through the medium of film. You can also see personal objects and artefacts that they brought with them from their homelands.

As children they escaped violence and persecution, but went through painful separations, and their integration into British society was not always straightforward. This exhibition tells the story of rescue as well as stories of rupture,

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

This exhibition is free to attend. There is an admission fee for the upper galleries.

Website

https://jewishmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/kindertransport/

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.
Science of Photography

The Science of Photography: Jewish Pathways

  • 14 November 2018 7-8pm

Discover the Jewish inventors who transformed photography in the 20th century. Professor Michael Berkowitz will explore the particular historical circumstances that allowed and encouraged these Jewish innovators to challenge photographic conventions.

This presentation, complementing Vishniac’s scientific dimension, addresses the Jewish engagement with photographic technologies. Among those to be featured are Gabriel Lippmann, a French pioneer in colour photography; Nahum Luboshez, responsible for huge advances in radiography; Leopold Mannes and Leopold Godowsky, Jr., the co-inventors of Kodachrome; and Edwin Land, founder of Polaroid.

Doors – 6pm
Café – 6-7pm
Galleries – 6-7pm and 8-8:30pm
Shop – 6-7pm and 8-8:30pm

Ticket includes entry to Roman Vishniac: Rediscovered.

Admission

8.50 / 6.50

Family

Open House for Inter Faith Week and Mitzvah Day

  • 18 November 2018 1-4pm

On Sunday 18th November from 1 – 4pm the Jewish Museum welcomes all visitors for a special Free Entry Open House afternoon as part of Inter Faith Week (11th – 18th Nov) and Mitzvah Day (18th Nov).

Join us for arts and crafts activities, see and touch some real Jewish objects, participate in bread baking for charity, explore our collections and visit our latest exhibitions Remembering the Kindertransport: 80 years on and Roman Vishniac Rediscovered.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://jewishmuseum.org.uk/event/open-house-for-inter-faith-week-and-mitzvah-day/

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

http://www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

General enquiries

admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

General enquiries

020 7284 7384

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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