At the Jewish Museum of Westphalia visitors can learn about the Jewish history of Westphalia and Jewish religion and culture more generally. After its most recent refurbishment, the museum reopened its permanent exhibition in 2018 under the new title “L´Chaim! To Life! Being Jewish in Westphalia”. The focus is on the interaction between Jewish and non-Jewish Germans in past and present and on the continuity and diversity of Jewish life in the region. Listening posts, interactive exhibits and activity stations make for a dynamic learning experience.
Additionally, the museum has three to five temporary exhibitions per year on regional Jewish history and the wider German-Jewish history, art and culture. It offers a successful learning programme for school aged children and young people that is tailored to their specific interests and needs. It also has a varied events programme that includes guided tours, lectures, musical performance and film.
The museum is a private institution run by the “Association for Jewish History and Religion”, and is supported by public and private funding bodies and the “Jewish Museum of Westphalia Foundation”.