Since opening its doors in 2001, the Jewish Museum Berlin has joined the ranks of Europe’s leading museums. It includes three buildings, two specifically built by architect Daniel Libeskind. The museum’s permanent historical exhibition invites visitors to travel through two millennia of German-Jewish history. Shaped by its special exhibitions, permanent collections, publications, and diverse program of events, the museum is a vibrant center of reflection on Jewish history and culture. In 2012 the museum added to its educational activities with an Academy Program that combines research, discussion, and exchange of ideas about Jewish history, current issues, and social diversity.



Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9-14
10969 Berlin

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The Jewish Museum Berlin opened its doors in September 2001. Former US Secretary of the Treasury W. Michael Blumenthal was appointed director of the Jewish Museum in December 1997. He established the museum as an independent federal institution. The collections of the Jewish Museum Berlin are drawn from the collections of the Jewish Department that was founded as part of the West Berlin City Museum in 1978. They were handed over to the Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation in 2001. At the same time, the collection’s mandate was extended to cover not just Berlin's Jewish history, but the history of Jews in the whole of Germany. The new building of the Jewish Museum Berlin was completed in 1998 and soon became an object of fascination. An architectural masterpiece, Daniel Libeskind’s spectacular structure has firmly established itself as one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks. The Jewish Museum Berlin is one of the most popular museums in Germany and attracts over 700,000 visitors per year.
Innenansicht Jüdisches Museum Berlin, »Tradition und Wandel« © Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Foto: Thomas Bruns
The collections of the Jewish Museum Berlin embrace the material legacy of German-Jewish culture and history in a variety of paintings, graphic works, sculpture, Judaica and the applied Arts, photographs, documents, and objects from the 18th century to the present. In 1981 the Jewish Department of the West Berlin City Museum acquired the Judaica collection of the Münster cantor Zvi Sofer which became the foundation of its collection of ceremonial objects. Family documents, everyday objects and fine art soon broadened the spectrum of the collection. The collection of the Jewish Museum Berlin now safeguards over 2,500 family bequests, particularly from the eras of the German Empire, the First World War, and Nazism. The library comprises more than 60,000 media items on Jewish life in Germany and abroad. Since 2013, a growing number of objects are being made accessible in an online catalogue.

From the collection

Torah Curtain/Parokhet
Berlin, 1774/75, silk, embroidered
donated by Moses Mendelssohn and his wife Fromet Gugenheim
KGT 97/1/0
  1. In a Foreign Country



    • cultural history
    • graphic design