Jewish Museum in Prague
Although the Jewish Museum in Prague has already celebrated its centenary, it is still a modern, open and dynamic centre of Jewish culture in Central Europe. During your visit you will walk through the alleyways of the old Jewish Town, visit several synagogues and the famous Old Jewish Cemetery.
How the Jews of Central Europe lived
The Jewish Museum, which traces the history, traditions and customs of the Jewish population of Bohemia and Moravia, was founded in 1906. Today it cares for one of the most extensive collections of Judaica in the world, including rich collections of silver and textiles, 40,000 curiosities and 100,000 books.
Apart from the Robert Guttmann Gallery, café and educational centre, the tour route of the Jewish Museum takes in a total of seven buildings. Visitors can choose from the Maisel Synagogue, with its exhibition on the very beginnings of Jewish history in the Czech lands, or the Pinkas Synagogue, with its Memorial to the Jewish Victims of the Holocaust and the exhibition of unique children’s drawings from Terezín. You can also visit the Klausen Synagogue and the Ceremonial Hall, both of which contain exhibitions on Jewish traditions and customs, or the beautifully decorated Spanish Synagogue, with an exhibition on recent Jewish history and an exceptional collection of synagogal silver.
Where does the creator of the legendary Golem rest?
The world-famous Old Jewish Cemetery, with nearly 12,000 gravestones, is a place with a magical atmosphere. The cemetery, where more than twelve layers of burials have been discovered, has been preserved practically intact and is today one of the most-frequently visited places in Prague. Amongst the most popular graves is that of rabbi Judah Loew ben Belazel, creator of the mysterious Golem, upon which visitors have placed hundreds of pebbles and small pieces of paper.