Jewish Life in Germany: Past and Present

Jewish Life in Germany: Past and Present

Permanent exhibition

The new permanent exhibition in the Libeskind Building of the Jewish Museum Berlin informs about the history of the Jews in Germany from the Middle Ages to the present on 3500 square meters.

  • Jüdische Geschichte und Gegenwart in Deutschland (4)© Yves Sucksdorff
    A stylized, five meter high tree made of white waxed wood welcomes visitors to the new permanent exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Berlin.
  • Jüdische Geschichte und Gegenwart in Deutschland (3)© Yves Sucksdorff
    View of the Sound Room, one of the eight theme rooms in the new permanent exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
  • Jüdische Geschichte und Gegenwart in Deutschland (1)© Yves Sucksdorff
    Light projection on the stairs to the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum Berlin.
  • Jüdische Geschichte und Gegenwart in Deutschland (2)© Yves Sucksdorff
    The illustrations by Andree Volkmann are a bow to a number of Jewish personalities in the Hall of Fame of the new permanent exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
On 23 August 2020, after more than two and a half years of renovation, the Jewish Museum Berlin will open its new exhibition entitled: Jewish Life in Germany - Past and Present. The previous permanent exhibition was on display from 2001 to 2017 and, according to the Museum, was visited by over eleven million visitors.

New focal points and new scenography

The 1700-year history of the Jews in Germany is not told in a strictly chronological order: The tour of the new exhibition alternates between historical epochs and insights into Jewish themes beyond geographical and temporal boundaries. What is sacred in Judaism? What does the Shabbat mean? What is the sound of Judaism?

Jewish culture and religion in all its facets

Eight thematic modules invite visitors to immerse themselves in Jewish culture and religion with all their senses. Visitors can listen to liturgical chants, Purim rattles and pop music or find out in interviews whether, how and why Jews today follow the commandments. The space-filling work of the artist Anselm Kiefer Shevirat ha-Kelim (breaking of vessels) also offers an interpretation of the creation myths of the Lurian Kabbalah. Five historical chapters form the backbone of the exhibition. They range from the beginnings of Jewish life in Ashkenaz to the emancipation movement in the 19th century and its violent end under National Socialism, and the polyphony of Jewish life today.

At a glance

What: Jewish Life in Germany - Past and Present
Where:Jewisch Museum Berlin
Opening hours: Daily from 10 am to 19 pm
Entry fee: free

Jüdisches Museum Berlin

Modebilder-Kunstkleider (2)
© dpa

Exhibitions in Berlin

See the best museum, art and photography exhibitions in Berlin's top museums, galleries and event venues. more

Schlange vor der Neuen Nationalgalerie
© dpa

Top 10: Berlins Most Visited Museums

The Institute for Museum Research of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation annually publishes a list of the most visited museums. These are the the Top 10 museums in Berlin. more

Source: Jüdisches Museum/edited Berlin.de

| Last edited: 28. May 2021