Jewish Museum in Prague
A word from the Director
Ladies and Gentlemen,
the website of the Jewish Museum in Prague. Attracting between 500,000
to 600,000 visitors each year, our institution is consistently the most
frequented museum in the Czech Republic. This proves, more than anything
else, that the tour of its synagogues (which date from various historical
periods) and its exhibitions (which feature a remarkable variety of ritual
objects) provides a unique cultural experience, in fact one of the greatest
on offer in the capital of the Czech Republic. The Jewish Museum in Prague
is a memorable place not only, however, because of the unique connection
between the architecture of its buildings and the craftsmanship of those
who made its individual artefacts. For it does not owe the diversity of
its collections to patrons of art, collectors, foundations or to support
from the city or state, as is usual in other places in the world. The
Jewish Museum in Prague achieved its renown mainly through a cruel blow
of fate, because, in its basic form, it emerged from the tragedy of the
Jewish nation during the Second World War. The Nazi-controlled shipment
of objects from the liquidated Bohemian and Moravian Jewish communities
to the Jewish Museum was a preliminary to the gathering together of people.
First, the objects were given numbers, then the people who had used them.
However, it was the objects – not the people – that survived the rage
I would like to express the conviction that our website will be of interest to you and, above all, will encourage you to make a personal visit to Prague and the Jewish Museum. The development of the museum also owes a great deal to its sponsors and supporters – among others, The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, ORT, The Rich Foundation and The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. We would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters, as well as our visitors and all those who are interested in our activities. Welcome to the Jewish Museum in Prague.