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Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna phone: +43 1 535 04 31, fax: +43 1 535 04 24, e-mail:; Sun – Fri 10 am – 6 pm Public Transport U1, U3 Stephansplatz station Museum Judenplatz Judenplatz 8, 1010 Vienna phone: +43 1 535 04 31, dax: +43 1 535 04 24, e-mail:; Sun – Thu 10 am – 6 pm, Fri 10 am – 2 pm As of March 30, 2014 (start of DST) Fri until 5 pm Public Transport U1, U3 Stephansplatz station Library of the Jewish Museum Seitenstettengasse 4, 1010 Vienna, phone: +43 1 535 04 31-412 e-mail: Mon – Wed 10 am – 3 pm · ID required Admission regular reduced Ticket allows entry to both museums € 10 €8 (valid four days after date of issue) Students, (up to age 27, ID card) €5 Groups €7 Guided tour for groups € 40 Children & adolescents up to 18 years FREE School classes have free admission in combination with a guided tour for € 20 To book guided tours for groups and school classes please contact or +43 1 535 04 31-130. Find us on Jüdisches Museum Wien

Museum Judenplatz


Excavations at Museum Judenplatz

Bookshop Bookshop Singer contains not only the latest museum catalogs but also a selection of books and publications about Jewish life throughout the world, as well as CDs, greeting cards, posters, ritual objects, and souvenirs.

Archive Historians and scholars from all over the world have access for their research to the Museum’s inventory (legacies, photographs, printed matter). Registration:

Library An extensive range of books can be found in the library located at the Jewish Community (IKG) offices at Seitenstettengasse 4. It contains an outstanding collection of old rabbinical scripts and a large number of newer historical and cultural publications. The complete catalog can be found on our website at

Responsible for the content: Jewish Museum Vienna, 1010 Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11; object photos: David Peters; cover photo: Klaus Pichler; graphic design: Fuhrer, Vienna; print: Druckerei Walla Ges.m.b.H

Café Eskeles In cooperation with:

© (left), © Jen Fong (right & below)

© (left), © Eugénie Berger (right)

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Our café offers a varied range of meatless Mediterranean, Israeli, and Jewish snacks as well as a selection of fresh drinks. There is also a daily lunch menu, along with Israeli beers and kosher wine from Israel or from Weingut Hafner. Finally, visitors can choose from a range of fine home-made cakes, pastries, and other confectioneries.

Museum Judenplatz The permanent exhibition at the second Jewish Museum site on Judenplatz focuses on medieval Jewish Vienna. A virtual tour of the streets of the large medieval Jewish quarter provides information about Jewish life at the time. There are numerous fragments and finds to illustrate this flourishing period in the history of the Jews in Vienna. The community was broken up in 1420/21 and the synagogue destroyed. The excavated foundations of this synagogue can be viewed at Museum Judenplatz. Apart from its permanent exhibition, the museum also organizes fascinating temporary exhibitions in which it invites contemporary artists to interact with the powerful spirituality of the site. On Judenplatz itself, there is a memorial by the British artist Rachel Whiteread to the 65,000 Austrian Jews killed during the Shoah.

‫ברוך הבא‬

Welcome to the Jewish Museum Vienna, one of the most important museums in the city. At its two locations in Dorotheergasse and Judenplatz it offers an open and innovative insight into its collections and a unique exhibition and event program.

The permanent exhibitions and collections document the former greatness and depth of Viennese Jewish life before its destruction by the Shoah. But they also provide insights into present-day Judaism, which has made a vital contribution to Viennese life in the last few decades. The Museum’s temporary exhibitions combine Jewish urban history with global cultural and social topics and contemporary art.

A museum on the move

Benefit event at the Hilton Hotel, Vienna, 1987, JMW, Dobronyi photo archive

In its exhibitions, the Jewish Museum Vienna seeks dialog with its visitors. The creative communications programs are aimed not just at young people but at everyone interested in culture and politics who wish to find out more about the history and different situations of people living in Vienna.

Communication and education are important priorities for us. We offer communication programs and workshops on Jewish culture and history adapted to the age of the visitors. In our interactive tours they become part of the Museum. In the Atelier on the second floor, for example, they can find out about Jewish everyday life, its festivals and rituals. We also organize themed workshops for schools adapted to the age and interests of the various groups.

Visible Display: collecting and remembering Model of the Waldheim wooden horse, Vienna 1988, on loan from Republikanischer Club – Neues Österreich

Sukkot holder, Vienna, 1858 JMW, Slg. IKG

The new permanent exhibition starts in 1945 and moves forward to Jewish Vienna today. It tells of the rebuilding of a Jewish community that had been almost completely destroyed, and its development over the decades, in spite of the unhelpfulness of post-war Austrian politicians, into a small but diverse and dynamic community. It is a typically Viennese story of immigration, initially from Central and Eastern Europe and then from the former Soviet republics. And it is a story of the rediscovery of an identity, as illustrated, for example, by the Waldheim affair.

The Visible Display provides an insight into the history of Austrian Jews through the unparalleled collections of Judaica, ritual objects, works of art, and memorabilia from Viennese and Austrian synagogues and prayer houses or private donors. The collectors themselves – Max Berger, Martin Schlaff, and the others who have donated their valuable collections to the museum – are also presented. An innovative computer program provides a virtual reconstruction of the synagogues that existed in Vienna until 1938. © Klaus Pichler

Our City! Jewish Vienna – Then to Now

Suitcase owned by Frieda Jacobowitz brought from Theresienstadt to Vienna by Arthur Stoehr in 1945, Slg. JMW

Atelier: creating and discovering © Klaus Pichler

Vienna and the world

Only after this review of present-day Jewish life does the exhibition continue on the second floor with the history of Viennese Judaism from the Middle Ages to the Shoah. It looks at the “tolerance” of Emperor Joseph II and shows the creative strategies of a community which did not officially exist before 1852 but then went on to become the third-largest community in Europe. The exhibition also demonstrates how at the turn of the twentieth century the Jews of Vienna – some of whom remain world famous today – were already feeling the pressure of rabid antiSemitism, long before the community was destroyed by Austrian and German Nazis after 1938.



© Klaus Pichler

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The Hakoah swimmers Fritzi Löwy, Lucie Goldner, and Hedy Bienenfeld with trainer Zsigo Wertheim Vienna, after 1930 Pierre Gildesgame Maccabi Sports Museum, Israel