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Jewish Museum in Prague – Maisel Synagogue (Židovské muzeum – Maiselova synagoga)

The Maisel Synagogue was built from 1590 to 1592 by the mayor of the Jewish Town, Mordechai Maisel, who funded the extensive Renaissance reconstruction of the ghetto. The original Renaissance building was seriously damaged by fire in 1689, and over the years the building has undergone a number of modifications.

Jewish Museum in Prague – Maisel Synagogue (Židovské muzeum – Maiselova synagoga), Maiselova 10, Praha 1 - Josefov, 110 00
Web: http://www.jewishmuseum.cz, e-mail: office@jewishmuseum.cz
tel.: +420222749211

Opening hours

November – March

Monday
09.00 – 16.30
Tuesday
09.00 – 16.30
Wednesday
09.00 – 16.30
Thursday
09.00 – 16.30
Friday
09.00 – 16.30
Sunday
09.00 – 16.30

April – October

Monday
09.00 – 18.00
Tuesday
09.00 – 18.00
Wednesday
09.00 – 18.00
Thursday
09.00 – 18.00
Friday
09.00 – 18.00
Sunday
09.00 – 18.00

TOURS:

 

Jewish Museum in Prague:

The Spanish, Pinkas and Klausen synagogues, The Ceremonial Hall, The Old Jewish Cemetery and Robert Guttmann Gallery:

  • full 300 CZK
  • reduced 200 CZK

 

Prague Jewish Town:

Jewish Museum in Prague and The Old-New Synagogue:

  • full 480 CZK
  • reduced 320 CZK

 

The Old-New Synagogue:

  • full 200 CZK
  • reduced 140 CZK

 

Robert Guttmann Gallery and The Spanish synagogue:

  • full 70 CZK
  • reduced 50 CZK

 

Robert Guttmann Gallery:

  • full 40 CZK
  • reduced 20 CZK

 

The ticket is valid for 7 days - this applies to individuals (max. 5 persons) and families – for one visit to each site.

Reduced admission fee: children 6-15, students upto 26 years of age.

Children upto 6 years of age free.

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Object history

Maisel Synagogue – Jewish Museum

It was built on the basis of Rudolf II privilege as a private synagogue of Mordechai Maisel, the primate of the Jewish community, in 1590 - 1592. The builder Juda Coref de Herz designed a Renaissance three-aisle building, unusual for the time, with distinct Gothicising features. The construction was conducted by Josef Wahl. Extensive and imposing synagogue was built on 20 pillars. The founder Maisel donated lots of precious ritual objects. The synagogue was re-built several times throughout the years. It burnt down completely in 1689, and during reconstruction after the fire, it was shortened to only 14 pillars. The main aisle was built on the old ground plan, vaulted over by a barrel vault; the side aisles had storey galleries. In 1862 - 1864, it was rebuilt by architect J. M. Wertmüller. The sanitation of Josefov at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries required a new, pseudo-Gothic reconstruction based on the design of architect Alfred Grott with false ribs, built-in gallery, new windows and new-Gothic interior equipment.
During the World War II, the Nazis collected around 6000 objects of art from other 153 Czech and Moravian synagogues, of which they wanted to create an Anti-Jewish museum. The collection was handed over to the National Jewish Museum in 1950, which later presented a fixed exhibition named The Silver of the Czech Synagogues in the Maisel Synagogue. The interior went through a reconstruction in the 1960s, and a general renovation took place in the 1990s. At present, there is a fixed exhibition of the Jewish Museum in the synagogue, named History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia from the 10th century until the 18th century.

 

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