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THE FIRST PLANNED OVERHAUL OF THE PERMANENT EXHIBITION AT THE MAISEL SYNAGOGUE TOGETHER WITH NECESSARY BUILDING ALTERATIONS SOON TO TAKE PLACE – LAST CHANCE TO SEE THE ONGOING EXHIBITION ON HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN THE BOHEMIAN LANDS FROM THE 10TH TO THE 18TH CENTURY

After opening a new Information and Reservation Centre, the Jewish Museum in Prague has prepared an overhaul of its permanent exhibitions. With respect for the architecture of the historical synagogues that house its exhibitions, the museum aims to better reflect current trends in museum presentations, to make full use of technical possibilities and to meet visitor expectations. The aim is not only to make its exhibitions more attractive by incorporating interactive and educational elements, but also to place the museum tour in the real context of the historical Jewish Quarter (Josefov) and to emphasize the genius loci of Prague's Jewish Town. In this way, visitors will gain a deeper and more personal experience by visiting sites that are themselves exhibits.

The first of the exhibitions to be overhauled – 19 years after its opening – will be the Maisel Synagogue show, which is focused on the history of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia from the first Jewish settlements through to the 18th century. In connection with this, necessary building alterations will be made to the synagogue interior, exterior and surroundings, which is why the Maisel Synagogue will be closed from 29 March 2014. It will open to visitors from the Czech Republic and abroad in its new guise in the middle of next year.

Among other things, visitors will be able to look forward to an audio-visual 2D virtual tour of Prague’s Jewish Town based on Langweil’s famous model of Prague. On display will be a wealth of rare collection objects, each placed in a new layout and proper context. Touch screens will enable visitors to look through old Hebrew manuscripts and to view historical maps of Jewish settlements. Visitors will also be able to search the museum's database for information about prominent Jewish figures. In the evening hours, the exhibition area will be transformed into an auditorium and used as a venue for concerts, recitals and solo theatre performances.



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