Jewish Museum Munich

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Jewish Museum Munich (2017)
Jewish Museum Munich (2017)
place St.-Jakobs-Platz 16, 80331 Munich
Cultural history museum
architect Change Hoefer Lorch
State capital Munich
ISIL DE-MUS-315713

The Jewish Museum Munich ( Hebrew המוזיאון היהודי במינכן) is a Jewish museum of the Bavarian capital Munich and is supported by the Munich Culture Department. It is part of the Jewish Center on Munich's Sankt-Jakobs-Platz and was opened on March 22, 2007.


The first considerations for the establishment of the museum existed as early as 1928. After the Holocaust , the long-time chairman of the Israelite Religious Community , Hans Lamm , advocated the establishment of such a museum, but was unable to realize this.

In the 1980s, the gallery opened Richard Grimm in the Maximilianstrasse a private Jewish Museum on 28 square meters.

After ten years, the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde took up the collection and made exhibition rooms available in the community center at Reichenbachstrasse 27. This “interim museum ” was managed by Richard Grimm until 2001, then operated as a municipal institution in cooperation with the Munich City Museum and the City Archives .

With the plans of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde to build the new main synagogue and the community center on St.-Jakobs-Platz, the planning and construction of the Jewish Museum of the state capital Munich , which was designed and designed by Saarbrücken architects Wandel, Hoefer and Lorch , came about was financed by the state capital Munich with 13.5 million euros. In the museum, a staircase connects three floors without a curve or any change of direction. This so-called sky ladder - due to the enormous lack of space in the medieval city, the preferred construction method of most old Munich town houses - ends in a skylight that lets in daylight.

Since 2008 an Austrian memorial service can be done in the museum .


The 900 square meters of exhibition space are spread over three floors. The permanent exhibition "Voices-Places-Times" on Munich's Jewish history and present is housed in the basement. On the first and second floors, exhibitions on different topics alternate. The offer is supplemented by a study room and a specialist library. The ground floor houses a Jewish bookstore and a cafeteria.

The Munich city council appointed the cultural scientist Bernhard Purin , who had previously headed the Jewish Museum Franconia in Fürth and Schnaittach , as founding director . In the first year of its existence, the Jewish Museum Munich attracted 100,000 visitors.

See also


  • Helga Pfoertner: Living with history. Volume 2, Literareron, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-8316-1025-8 , pp. 62-67 ( PDF; 3.8 MB ( Memento from December 16, 2011 in the Internet Archive )).
  • Jutta Fleckenstein, Purin Bernhard (Ed.): Jewish Museum Munich . Munich / London / New York 2007, ISBN 978-3-7913-3826-2 (museum guide).
  • Barbara Staudinger: Collecting pictures 01: The Jewish world and the Wittelsbachers . Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-938832-16-5 (exhibition catalog).
  • Emily D. Bilski: Collecting Pictures 02: Nothing but Culture - The Pringsheims . Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-938832-17-2 (exhibition catalog).
  • Monika Ständecke: Collecting pictures 03: Dirndl, chests, Edelweiss - the folk art of the Wallach brothers . Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-938832-20-2 (exhibition catalog).
  • Barbara Staudinger (Ed.): From Bavaria to Erez Israel - On the trail of Jewish folk art . Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-938832-21-9 (exhibition catalog).
  • Emily D. Bilski: Collecting pictures 05: The art and antiques company Bernheimer . Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-938832-26-4 . (Exhibition catalog).
  • Emily D. Bilski: Collecting pictures 06: The "Modern Gallery" by Heinrich Thannhauser . Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-938832-27-1 . (Exhibition catalog).
  • Bernhard Purin (ed.): City without Jews. The night side of Munich's city history . Munich 2008, ISBN 3-938832-41-X . (Exhibition catalog).
  • Jutta Fleckenstein, Tamar Levinsky (ed.): Jews 45, 90. From here and there - survivors from Eastern Europe . Hentrich & Hentrich, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-942271-47-9 (exhibition catalog).
  • Jutta Fleckenstein, Piritta Kleiner (Ed.): Jews 45, 90. From very far away - immigrants from the former Soviet Union . Hentrich & Hentrich, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-942271-71-4 (exhibition catalog).
  • Matthias Haß: The Active Museum and the Topography of Terror. Hentrich & Hentrich, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-942271-65-3 (= Topography of Terror Foundation . Notes , Volume 4).
  • Ulrike Heikaus, Julia B. Köhne (Ed.): War! Jews between the fronts 1914–1918. Hentrich & Hentrich, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-95565-063-6 (exhibition catalog).

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Coordinates: 48 ° 8 ′ 4.5 ″  N , 11 ° 34 ′ 20.6 ″  E