Jewish Museum

Museums, Specialist interest Camden Town
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Jewish Museum
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Opened in March 2010 after a ten-million-pound transformation, the Jewish Museum London features displays and exhibitions that tell the story of Jewish history, culture and religion and reveal how the Jewish community has made a vital contribution to British life. Displayed across four permanent galleries are historical and contemporary objects, films and personal stories that explore immigration and settlement. Packed with plenty of hands-on, interactive displays, the museum’s four new galleries offer a wonderful snapshot of Jewish British life, as well as exploring general issues surrounding contemporary immigration. London’s Jewish history is beautifully evoked in displays such as the recreation of an East End tailor’s sweatshop or the photographer’s studio in which visitors can pose in period wedding outfits – or you can practice your best Yiddish insults at the Yiddish karaoke booth. There is also a thirteenth-century medieval mikveh (ritual bath), on show for the first time since its discovery in the City of London in 2001. The Holocaust Gallery explores the impact of Nazism through the experiences and personal items of Auschwitz survivors. In the 'Judaism: A Living Faith' gallery, newly-commissioned films reveal a range of contemporary Jewish families celebrating festivals and Jewish lifecycle events. Offering a lively and imaginative events programme, the space looks set to become a London museum landmark.

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Venue name: Jewish Museum
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Address: Raymond Burton House
129-131 Albert St
London
NW1 7NB
Opening hours: Sat-Thu 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-2pm
Transport: Tube: Camden Town
Price: £7.50, £6.50 concs, £3.50 kids (5-16); or £18 for two adults and four kids
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  • Until Sunday September 24 2017
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Neil K
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This is a very smart little museum tucked away just far away enough from the chaos of central Camden to offer a quiet retreat and a fascinating insight into the Jewish history of the area and London as a whole. With a well-curated assortment of varied artefacts and presentations across numerous levels as well as a coffee shop and cafe, it makes for a worthy destination for those curious on London's history.


I explored the museum while attending a late event linked to the Amy Winehouse: Icon Event which features Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait which is running until September 24th September and the artwork Pegasus: Love is a Losing Game’ which is on display until June 4th. The exhibition gives a real insight into Amy's family life and background and is well worth a visit for this alone.

jutney
Tastemaker

Hidden in a surprisingly calm street very close to Camden High Street, the visit to the museum was a treat! I went for a very small but very beautiful photograph show, and was impressed by the other (a little bigger) also temporary exhibition. The permanent displays, about Jewish traditions and their history in England, is rather well executed, with interesting content, but not every interactive materials were working, and some of the informative texts were quite childish. I wouldn’t recommend going there just for the permanent exhibition, but if going there for one of the temporary ones do go with extra time to enjoy all the museum has to offer.

Ana M
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Exceeded my expectations. I thought I'd only spend a short time here but ended up spending a least a couple of hours. 


One floor gives a detailed and compelling history of Jews in the UK, another provides an overview of Jewish religious festivals with artefacts, and finally the sobering Holocaust Gallery tells the incredible story of Auschwitz survivor Leon Greenman, who survived six concentration camps.