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“Very moving”

Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaisme
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Jewish Art and History is housed in one of the most beautiful historic monuments in the Marais, the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, built in the 17th century. The museum traces the evolution of the Jewish world via its artistic and cultural heritage, focussing on the history of the Jews in France since the Middle Ages and evoking the communities of Europe and North Africa. Its collection, one of the finest in the world, comprises religious objects, manuscripts, textiles and unique archive documents concerning the Dreyfus Affair. Special importance is given to the Jewish presence in the arts, featuring the painters of the School of Paris (Chagall, Kikoïne, Soutine...) and contemporary artists such Christian Boltanski and Sophie Calle. The museum runs programmes of workshops for children, families and adults, guided tours, lectures, live performances and films throughout the year.
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

In the heart of the historic Marais district is a very interesting museum which traces the history of Jews in France. In chronological order the tortuous journey of the French Jews, many with roots from those expelled from Spain in 1492 , is presented both orally and visually. How the Jewish victims overcame the multitude of atrocities throughout the centuries is a testament to their incredible strength. I was deeply moved.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Very quiet and well put together although being shadowed by security guards does tend to be off putting, maybe they are paranoid. I'm 74 and the last person to do any damage or try to steal, but still he walked and watched me.
The headsets worked but many of the exhibits were french only with no sound conversion to English.

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

We were not expecting much from this museum because friends of ours told us it was small and not much to see. We were very suprised after entering. This museum was not only four levels but full of very informative stories about Jews and their history relating to France. Also many pieces of art and artifacts. If you are at all interested in the terrible things that were done to these people throughout the ages and their resiliency go to this museum to look and listen.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

The museum is located in a charming old mansion in the Marais district, about 5' stroll from the ile de la cite, city hall or the Pompidou Centre. There is an excellent section on the central holidays and customs of Judaism, alongside exhibits of antique Jewish religious items, mainly of European origin. While main wall plaques have excellent English translations, the showcased items are only labelled in French. We did not take an audioguide as we have some French fluency, but it was challenging and we would definitely recommend getting the audioguides. The museum has excellent, very informative exhibits on European Jewish history including the expulsions from Spain, England and France in the Middle Ages. Also, on Jewish immigrations into France. There is a good section on the Dreyfus trial including news clippings and artwork (this was in the days before photo journalism when artists were sent out by newspapers). The first exhibit one encounters is on the Occupation and the roundups and deportations. Unfortunately entirely in French, the photos are nevertheless very evocative and informative. Allow at least 90' but more realistically 2-3 hours. There is currently a special exhibit on Gotlib who was a prominent, French-Jewish comic illustrator. For us the main interest was that his work is very funny, a direct parallel to the work of the Mad Magazine writers. However there are no English translations to assist North Americans, which would be a significant obstacle. So, see the museum but perhaps take a pass on Gotlib if you are not fluent.

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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Very educational and informative. Strict security done well. There are audio phones that are free and in multiple languages....very helpful. It will take you about an hour to go thru the building. Torah's, headstones, black and white photos, and old newspapers give you a little of the Jewish history in France. A must see when visiting the Marais.

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