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“Gem of a museum”
Review of Jewish Museum

Jewish Museum
Ranked #138 of 1,827 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 November 21, 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 November 19, 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.

2  Thank Jo C
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

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

1  Thank liz1910
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Reviewed October 23, 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.

Thank keepemflyin
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

The new museum is a fantastic destination for individuals, people with kids of almost any age plus school parties and other groups.

The opening delay, on the left as you walk in, is worth lingering and the shop on the right uhas some unusual treasures and a good range of relevant books. But the heart of the downstaris is the ritual bath excavated from the City only a few years ago and dating back to only a few years before England's Jews were expelled in 1290.

Upstairs the exhibits are varied and interactive: I particularly like the Sabbath table in the ritual gallery, the interactive map showing Britain's Jewish community over the centuries and of course the Yiddish theatre where you can act along.

The Holocaust gallery is small and focussed on the appalling experience of one British Jew who married a Dutch girl, lived there and ended up in Aushwitz. He survived to talk to the Museum's visitors into his 90s. The rest of his little family didn't. It's harrowing and, because so individual, more moving than the fate of millions.

There's generally a temporary exhibition on the top floor - currently on Jews in British entertainment.

On the ground floor - for by now you will need refreshment - is a new cafe. Haven't tried it yet.

I love the museum and have visited many, many times. And I was a trustee until a couple of years ago - so might be a bit biased. But no current affiliation so don't see why I shouldn't recommend it.

3  Thank saranLondon
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