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The Jewish Museum

Not so much has been preserved of the ancient Ghetto of Prague and its inhabitants nowadays spread out in the different Prague districts. The Jewish Community of Prague has a millenary history witnessed by the Museum we can visit today with its priceless collections located in the several Synagogues along the district.

Visit of the Museum

Ticket offices are placed at the entrance of each Synagogue. Ticket offices are placed at the entrance of each Synagogue. So no need to stay in long lines at the entrance of the Pinkas Synagogue…
The ticket costs 300 Crowns for adults and 200 for children and students. Should you want to pay 180 Crowns more, 120 for children and students, you can also visit the Old-new Synagogue and the Synagogue of the Jubilee in Jerusalemska Street near Wenceslas Square.

Opening hours

From Jan 1st to March 26th 9.00-16.00
From March 27th to October 29th 9.00-18.00
From October 30th to December 31s 9.00-16.30

Old-new Synagogue

From November to March Sunday to Thursday 9.30-17.00
From November to March Friday 9.30-14.00
From April to October Sunday to Thursday 9.30-18.00
From April to October Friday 9.30-17.00

Every Saturday and Jewish Holidays closed!!

For a list of current Jewish holidays visit here: Jewish holidays

I would suggest starting our visit from the Cemetery, entrance from Široká Street. At the entrance we can visit the Pinkas Synagogue built in Late Gothic style. Nowadays it is used as Memorial for the victims of the nazi concentration camps from Bohemia and Moravia. They were about 80.000 and their names are written one by one on the walls of this Synagogue. It is also worth a visit the collection of the drawings made by the children of the Terezin Ghetto, located on the first floor.

We now enter the Old Cemetery, one of the most impressive of the world. It was in use from the beginning of 1400 to 178;in this year Joseph II forbade the Cemeteries inside the city walls due to sanitary reasons. Kafka is buried in the New Cemetery at the metro station Želivského Green line. Under the layer on the top there are 11 more for a total of 12-15.000 graves but it’s difficult to know the exact number. At the end of 1800 the Prague Town hall decided to steal part of this area to place the Museum of Applied Arts and this fact helped the falling of the graves one upon the other. Out of the Cemetery we can visit the Klaus Synagogue with a collection of objects dealing with the Jewish calendar and holidays. On the first floor the exhibit continues with the life cycle of Jews from birth to marriage. Death and its rituals is located in the little house near the exit of the cemetery. At the end of the street we can see the Old-new Synagogue, the oldest in Central Europe still in use. It was built in 1270.The name comes from the fact that there was an older synagogue nearby so this one was called New Synagogue. Later another synagogue was built so this one took the name Old-new. On the right of the Synagogue there is the Town Hall for the Jewish Community of Prague and Czech Republic .It was built in 1600 by Rabbi Maisel but what has been preserved is a more recent Rococo Façade.

From here we take Maiselova Street a little further than Široká and we visit the Maisel Synagogue with relics covering the history of the Jewish Community from the beginning to 1800. The second part of the history, from 1800 to present days is in the Spanish Synagogue in the Široka Street a little further than Pařížská. This synagogue is worth a visit for its Art deco-Moresque interior.

This is the end of our visit. A little further than the synagogue at the end of the street on the left side there is a good restaurant, Česká Hospoda, have a nice rest and enjoy your meal!

To learn more: http://www.jewishmuseum.cz


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