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.
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