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“A surprise in a small city”

Danish Jewish Museum
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US$63.07*
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Copenhagen Card
Ranked #10 of 132 Shopping in Copenhagen
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Danish Jewish Museum tells the story of the Danish Jews through 400 years - including the dramatic rescue of the Danish Jews during World War 2. Experience the unique museum interior by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. Find the perfect gift or souvenir in the museum shop.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 30 June 2014

This museum has two parts - one about Europe's continued antisemitism, and the other about the incredible goodness of Denmark in saving its Jews during the time when European antisemitism became horrible (versus when it is not horrible?).

The museum interior was designed by Daniel Libeskind, the same architect of Ground Zero in New York City, including the memorial, the museum and the Freedom Tower. He also was the architect of the Berlin Jewish Museum. One could see similarities for all three: he uses something from the "story" linked to the reason for the building in the design of the building itself.

In the case of this museum, he arranged the area to match the Hebrew word "mitzvah", which refers to an act of human kindness - in this case, referring to how the Danish people saved Jews during the Holocaust. Since the rescue involved sending them on boats to Sweden, he made the floors uneven to mimic the sea voyage and the uneasiness Danish Jews had during this time.

If you are in Copenhagen, you should not miss this museum, which is very part of the NAtional Library and close to other museums and monuments.

1  Thank Dennis D
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

This museum designed by Daniel Liebskind captures the chaos and tumult of the German occupation during WWII. The slanting, irregular interior signifies the chaotic times. There is also a wonderful collection of Jewish items hidden and saved by the brave Danes. In order to understand the depth of the commitment by the Danes to save the Jews one must visit this excellent museum.

2  Thank heidy5
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

A tiny museum dedicated to show how successful Denmark was at returning the Jews back home, but without enough factual information, merely descriptively showing their life before and after. Nothing significant learnt from this trip. Not even the architectural design of the interior was impressive, it actually made some of us feel uneasy and sea-sick like discomfort.

1  Thank baijiahuang
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

There are actually 2 parts. The first, on the right, is about the history of the Jewish migration to Denmark. A famous architect designed this piece and frankly I don't see the big deal. the floors were not level. there are 2 good short movie clips that explain the migration, followed by excellent exhibits and stories. there are some fantastic pieces of Jewish tradition, some of which are incredibly valuable. But i like the other part better, although "like" is not really the correct word. this part is about Denmark's role in helping to protect the Jews during Hitler's reign. I knew about the protection, but had not idea that the government also tried to keep the Jew's homes and businesses "available" so that when the Jews came back (after escaping) they would have their homes. Also, the government gave them financial aid to help get them back on their feet. Amazing. I strongly recommend this to Jews and non Jews alike-in one exhibit we see see the horrors (although subtly) and the then the goodness of mankind. Get the Copenhagen card and this place (and many others) are included.

3  Thank Renee B
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Beautiful design inside which adds to the thought provoking experience. Lovely, helpful staff too. Highly recommended

Thank Kirstie B
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