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Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaisme

71 rue du Temple | Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 53 01 86 60
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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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71 rue du Temple | Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 75003 Paris, France
Le Marais
+33 1 53 01 86 60
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

If you want to learn more about the history of judaism in Europe slot in a few hours to visit the MahJ. Security is tight, but the cost is low (10 Euros to see the regular collection as well as the special exhibition, which was...More

Thank McMarshal
Reviewed 7 May 2017

This museum, located in Le Marais not far from the Hotel DeVille, is a treasure. It tells the history of the Jews up to 1939 through beautiful arts and artifacts including jewelry, pottery, ancient Torah scrolls, early printed books, architectural models and even a Sukkah...More

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 20 April 2017

It may just be because we just went to a similar museum in NYC in the Fall, but it was hard to get through for us. They have a great number of very old books and documents, as well as menorahs, photos, and more over...More

Thank Sondra S
Reviewed 13 April 2017

This museum has wonderful artifacts and tells the story of the Jews in France through these. Everything is set out clearly and concisely so the visitor is not overwhelmed. The building itself is very impressive. We also enjoyed the exhibit on the Golem. A very...More

Thank ebrington
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

I found this museum by accident in Paris but I'm so glad I did. I was impressed by the evident amount of effort that was put into every exhibition - truly amazing, clearly a lot of passion and hard work went into this incredible museum....More

1  Thank NinaandGemma
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Full of Judaica, mostly from France. I was most moved by the display of the people who once lived in this mansion that had been turned into tiny apartments to house Jews, mostly from Eastern Europe during the period when this was the Jewish quarter...More

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We visited this museum 'on our way' to the Picasso Museum. It deserves its own time and plenty of it. The artifacts and explanations were very good, very helpful to us as we are not religious, former Catholics. The photos and quotes from Parisian Jews...More

Thank JimandCarla
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

This museum tells about the history of the French and Parisan Jewry! Nicky done and with audio headsets it takes about 90 minutes! Just visited the new exhibit on the Golem and it was done real well, I enjoyed it!

Thank Heshie S
Reviewed 18 February 2017

The museum has a fine collection of Judaica and Jewish artifacts. I would have liked to see more art, particularly Chagalls. Much of info is in French, so English-only tourists are at a bit of a disadvantage, but audio guide was very helpful.

1  Thank gsilver792
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Totally without expectation or preconception for this museum, I was delighted by the variety of artefacts, the clarity of explanation. Smaller French museums do not take language translation into account so non fluent speakers can be a little lost. This museum furnished the visitor with...More

1  Thank 658monicak
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Sue J
20 July 2015|
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Response from Joseph H | Property representative |
Hello Sue, Thanks a lot for your interest in our museum. We're having a renovation of our website, maybe that's why you had problems with the English version. Here's what you need to know to plan a visit in... More
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Anthony K
15 June 2015|
Response from Joseph H | Property representative |
Hi Anthony, Thanks for your interest in our museum. The MAHJ does hold numerous works by Marc Chagall, including several paintings such as "Les portes du cimetière" ("Cemetery doors", 1917), "Le père" ("The Father", 1911... More
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