View of the theme room Art and Artists © Photo: Jewish Museum Berlin, Roman März

Jewish Museum Berlin

The Jewish Museum Berlin is one of the outstanding institutions on the European museum landscape. Its new core exhibition that opened in 2020, its temporary exhibitions, collections, events program and the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy, as well as its digital and educational offerings make the museum is a vibrant place for dialog and reflection on Jewish past and present in Germany. ANOHA, the JMB Children’s World, tells the story of Noah’s Ark as a fun experience for children.

The collections grow continually, thanks also to many donors from Germany and abroad. They currently encompass about 9,500 works of art, 1,000 objects of applied art, 1,500 objects of religious use, 4,500 objects of material culture, 24,000 photographs, more than 1,700 individual collections in the Archive, and approximately 11,000 volumes in the Library’s historical holdings. The objects convey Jewish culture and history, provide material for research, and last but certainly not least, to commemorate the people whose stories they tell.

The interactive Family Album presents ten collections from the museum holdings. © Photo: Jewish Museum Berlin, Yves Sucksdorff

A special focus is educational work – the extensive education program, the research opportunities, and the program of events are aimed at children, young people, and adults. In addition to guided tours and workshops, there are lectures and conferences, concerts and readings, and a diverse cultural program. Digital programs include the JMB app, various online features on Jewish topics, online publications, online collections, and a media library.

The W. Michael Blumenthal Academy’s programs provide a platform for discussion and reflection on the diverse issues raised by the work of a museum on German-Jewish history and culture. It is also a place for encounters and cooperation, where Jewish perspectives and also those of other religious and ethnic minorities have their place.

Exterior view of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Libeskind Building © Photo: Jewish Museum Berlin, Jens Ziehe

The museum is located in the heart of Berlin, in the Kreuzberg district not far from Checkpoint Charlie and the former Berlin Wall. The famous museum building by Daniel Libeskind has long since become a Berlin landmark. It is part of the Jewish Museum Berlin architectural ensemble, which further includes an old building from the Baroque period, the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy, and the ANOHA Children’s World.

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