Housed in one of the finest private mansions in the Marais, the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme has an admirable collection focussing on Judaism in Europe and around the Mediterranean from Antiquity to the present day.
With more than 600 remarkable works and objects, the permanent collection explores the Jewish presence in medieval France and Spain before the expulsions, the communities in Renaissance Italy, Amsterdam and the encounter of the Ashkenazi and Sephardic diasporas, the Jewish world in Central and Eastern Europe, study rituals, Judaism in the Levant and the Maghreb, the Jewish communities in France before the Revolution, the Emancipation and the rise of anti-Semitism, the Dreyfus Affair, the Jewish participation in the 1914-18 war, Jewish avant-garde artists in the early 20th century, and the Jews in the Marais quarter during the Occupation.
As well as exceptional archaeological remains and a major collection of religious objects, the mahJ also has a rich historical collection. Chagall, El Lissitzky, Kikoïne, Modigliani and Soutine illustrate the Jewish presence in 20th-century art. Works by contemporary artists, including Kader Attia, Carole Benzaken, Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Sophie Calle, Gérard Garouste, Moshé Gershuni, Georges Jeanclos, Moshé Kupferman, Mikael Levin, Michel Nedjar, Moshe Ninio, Nira Pereg, Cécile Reims, Micha Ullman and Max Wechsler continue to enrich the collection. An installation by Christian Boltanski, The Inhabitants of the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan in 1939, recalls the mansion’s former occupants, many of whom were deported and never returned.
The mahJ has the “Tourisme & Handicap” accreditation for the hearing disabilities. The content of the museum’s permanent collection is primarily visual.
Some facilites are equipped with audio induction loops:
The reception-security area
The ticket desk
The audiophones (for group visits with a guide)
The audioguides for the permanent collection (free of charge). Their volume can be adjusted and they can used with headphones.
Except for the Media Library (inaccessible by lift), the entire museum is accessible for people with reduced mobility. Please note that the route through the permanent collection taken by wheelchair users is different to the usual itinerary due to the necessity to use the lifts.
A member of staff is available to help you cross the paved courtyard and mount the access ramp, accompanying you from the reception-security area to the ticket desk in the museum itself.
A manual wheelchair can be provided on request, in exchange for proof of identity (when possible). Your use of this wheelchair is your responsibility.
The auditorium is accessible and has reservable wheelchair places. Please indicate the dimensions of your wheelchair when reserving.
Guide dogs are welcome in the museum.
Blind or visually impaired people can be accompanied in the lifts and, if need be, across the paved courtyard.
Staircases and benches are visually contrasted to aid their use by visually impaired visitors.
The museum brochure is available in Braille at the ticket desk.
The audioguides for the permanent collection (free of charge) can be equipped with an earpiece for “hands free” use.
Tactile appreciation: museum attendants will indicate the four objects in the permanent collection that can be touched with cotton gloves provided by the museum, including the sculpture The Jewish Painter by Chana Orloff.
Blind or visually impaired people have already participated in certain activities in the museum’s programme. Please enquire when reserving.
The mahJ has the “Tourisme & handicap mental” accreditation and documents aiding visits by people with learning disabilities are available at the ticket desk. Visits with an accompanier or group visits are recommended.
HOW TO REACH
Métro: Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville
Buses: 29, 38, 47, 75
RER: Châtelet-Les Halles
Car parks: Pompidou, Beaubourg, Hôtel de Ville, Baudoyer
Parking spaces for people with disabilities at 6 rue des Haudriettes and 2 rue des Haudriettes (the space at 67 rue du Temple is currently unavailable).
300 metres from the Centre Pompidou
Full rate: 10 €
Reduced rate: 7 € (18-25 year non European Union residents, Holders of the Large Family Card)
71, rue du Temple