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“Superb museum is one of the best of its type i have visited in Europe”
Review of Jewish Museum

Jewish Museum
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US$ 81.20*
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions
Ranked #231 of 1,675 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 December 2011

I originally visited this museum some years ago in its original form.whilst interesting it was rather outdated in its outlook and presenation.it was refurbished a few years ago.now it is bang uptodate.in my view it is the best Jewish museum that i have visited in europe.There is a considerable amount of touch screen technology and video presentations.I spent the best part of an hour on the entertainers exhibition on the 3rd floor.i especially liked the presentation showing you how to speak Shakespeare in Yiddish !I also found poigniant the exhibition dedicated to holocaust survivor Leon Greenman.When the museum was temporarily located to Finchley there was an exhibition about his life.He was there in person and i spent about an hour talking to him.What a brave and sad man.So courageous with his life ruined having lost his wife and only child.Alas he is no longer with us.however there is a video of him speaking about his experiences.In my view leaving aside the main museums such as the IWM,British Museum,this is one of the best of the smaller museums in the UK.Well worth a couple of hours of your time.

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Reviewed 21 November 2011

This really is an absolute gem. On arrival the staff were really welcoming and friendly and so keen to impart their knowledge. The exhibits are well displayed with very clear and instructive desciptions. Some of the exhibits upstairs are absolutely astonishing and should not be missed.

My only critiscism is having the gift shop right in the middle of the museum rather than more discreetly put away from the exhibits.

Oh and there is a really funky little cafe down the road with THE BEST CAKE EVER called Yumcha.

Thank lollypai
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

I visited here recently with my husband and took advantage of the current London 2for1 offer via National Rail, so it was very good value. The Jewish Museum was brand new and as a result the layout was fabulous, very modern and the toilets were wonderfully clean.

As for the exhibits, well they were beautifully presented and the history and relics were presented nicely. Unfortunately, as with a number of museums, there was a school group visiting the museum at the same time and the rather stridently voiced guide decided to zig zag them across the exhibit room rather a lot which slightly annoyed us! Saying that, the Holocaust story was beautifully, personally and sensitively handled. My husband said that there was no balance or background to the British involvement in the set up of the state of Israel and the conflict which ensued. Also Jewish immigration into Palestine wasn't covered either, which resulted in terrorist attacks on British Military Personnel after the war and subsequent abandoment in 1948.

I would have also liked to see a special section about the Jewish contribution towards UK Business with imput from companies such as Tesco and M&S. Saying that, I would expect that to form the next special exhibition.

Talking of such, we loved the entertainers special exhibition on the third floor - it was brilliant. Although I was aware that showbiz and Judaism were hugely linked, I had slightly underestimated it.

In conclusion: enjoyable but needs to be expanded somewhat. It may be worth linking up with the London Walks Jewish London Tour which we enjoyed back in February.

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Reviewed 3 November 2011

Well displayed-easy to reach-pity cafe closed on Saturdays.

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Reviewed 23 October 2011

Large building in a residential area, did not appear to be a museum. Really interesting displays dedicated in 2010 by Prince Philip. Starting at top level the theme was show business, both British and worldwide. As you visit each floor there was then Jewish life in England, the holocaust and various time periods depicticting contributions through the ages. They also had a cafe for lunch or snack break. Photos were permitted.
We thought this would be a fairly short visit, but it lasted much longer as it was quite interesting and informative.

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