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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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71 rue du Temple | Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 75003 Paris, France
Le Marais
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really wanted to like this museum. We visited it on a day devoted to the Marais after visiting the Museum of Hunting and Nature and the Picasso Museum (both *highly* recommended). This museum is neither a comprehensive history of Jewish art nor history. Maybe...More

Thank Skaerje
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found out about this museum by accident and determined to go there. It is easy to find leaving the métro at Hôtel de Ville and walking north up the Rue du Temple. It is number 71 on the left. The entrance is through strict...More

Thank Therese16
Reviewed 22 November 2017

On this trip to Paris, my wife and I made a point of visiting several smaller museums (in addition to the biggies like the Louvre). I thought the concept for this museum seemed appealing, and it's billed as the largest museum of Jewish art and...More

Thank KriksPicks
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

We went to see a temporary exhibit which was very well documented. The building itself is worth a look: it is the former residence of a nobleman from the 1600’s. Note in particular the vaulted dining room with remains of painted decor, which is by...More

Thank GlobetrottingSwede
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Tastefully renovated building housing a permanent collection relating to Jewish art and history, alongside temporary exhibitions. We went to the one about René Goscininy, where we were impressed by the displays and wealth of information on Goscininy's life and work. There was a lot to...More

Thank MmeCastor
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

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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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