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“Gem of a museum with masses to see and do - not just for Jews”
Review of Jewish Museum

Jewish Museum
Ranked #129 of 1,794 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Jewish Museum London is for people of all backgrounds and faiths to explore British Jewish heritage, identity and culture. Set against a spacious and modern architectural backdrop with displays across four permanent galleries, the museum brings the Jewish story to life, placing it in a wider context of British history. Our education programmes, exhibitions and events encourage a sense of discovery and creativity and tell the story of Jewish history, culture and religion in an innovative and compelling way.
Reviewed 5 October 2011

The new museum is a fantastic destination for individuals, people with kids of almost any age plus school parties and other groups.

The opening delay, on the left as you walk in, is worth lingering and the shop on the right uhas some unusual treasures and a good range of relevant books. But the heart of the downstaris is the ritual bath excavated from the City only a few years ago and dating back to only a few years before England's Jews were expelled in 1290.

Upstairs the exhibits are varied and interactive: I particularly like the Sabbath table in the ritual gallery, the interactive map showing Britain's Jewish community over the centuries and of course the Yiddish theatre where you can act along.

The Holocaust gallery is small and focussed on the appalling experience of one British Jew who married a Dutch girl, lived there and ended up in Aushwitz. He survived to talk to the Museum's visitors into his 90s. The rest of his little family didn't. It's harrowing and, because so individual, more moving than the fate of millions.

There's generally a temporary exhibition on the top floor - currently on Jews in British entertainment.

On the ground floor - for by now you will need refreshment - is a new cafe. Haven't tried it yet.

I love the museum and have visited many, many times. And I was a trustee until a couple of years ago - so might be a bit biased. But no current affiliation so don't see why I shouldn't recommend it.

3  Thank saranLondon
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

A must see museum for anyone interested in Jewish history for whatever reason.
Nice hospitable people and beautiful museum. Essential but not boring, touching but not over emotional. We loved it!

3  Thank markhebbelinck
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

You do not have to be Jewish to learn a lot here- We met many different people of different nationalties- It is a well done lovely museum learned a lot

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Reviewed 28 June 2011

A great Saturday out at the Jewish Museum in Camden. Fascinating journey through the history of British Jews. Lots of interactive to play with and some dressing up. The Yiddish Theatre was probably the children’s highlight, though I have to say the new exhibition Entertaining the Nation was mine. Captivating stories of celebrity Jews, impressive Marc Bolan suite (its sparkly gold) and a beautiful old fashioned cinema. I could have spent the whole day in this exhibition.
Unfortunately the Café is closed on Saturdays so I would recommend bring a packed lunch.
All in all fabulous day out with the family

1  Thank Emily121
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Reviewed 18 June 2011

Fascinating special exhibition on the role of Jews in British Entertainment from comedians and musicians to singers and music producers.
Rest of the museum is good as well. Nice light exhibition space

2  Thank csmr
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