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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.

  • Monuments & Architecture
  • synagogue/Jewish heritage
  • Renaissance
  • historicist styles
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • museum
  • wheelchair access

Opening hours

    • November – March
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun
    • 09.00 – 16.30
    • April – October
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun
    • 09.00 – 18.00

Practical information

The extensive collection of Judaica, including 40,000 artefacts, 100,000 books, and extensive archives of Jewish communities, is unique not only for its size, but especially the fact that they come from one coherent territory - from Bohemia and Moravia. As a whole, it gives a complete picture of the life and history of Jews in this region. The museum is housed in Prague's synagogues and other Jewish monuments.


JEWISH MUSEUM SITES IN PRAGUE:

Robert Guttmann Gallery

  • short exhibitions focusing on Jewish history, life, art and also Jewish monuments in the Czech Republic

 

Klausen Synagogue

  • the biggest synagogue in Prague, permanent exhibition: Jewish Customs and Traditions 

Maisel Synagogue

  • permanent exhibition: Jews in the Bohemian Lands, 10th – 18th Century

 

Ceremonial Hall

  • exhibition devoted to Jewish medicine and Prague Burial Society

 

Pinkas Synagogue

  • Memorial to the Bohemian and Moravian Victims of Shoah; permanent exhibition: Children´s Drawings from the Terezin Ghetto

 

Spanish Synagogue

  • Synagogue Silver from Bohemia and Moravia
  • History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia in the 19th – 20th Century
  • venue for concerts (classical music)

 

Old Jewish Cemetery

  • it was founded in the 15th century, several renowned personalities were buried here (Rabbi Loew, Avigdor Kara, Aaron Horowitz, Mordecai Maisel, David Gans, Rabbi David Oppenheim)

  

Most of the sites are included in some of the museum tours; one cannot visit them separately.

 

P R A G U E   J E W I S H   T O W N

incl.: Maisel Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, Klausen Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, Old Jewish Cemetery, Ceremonial Hall, Robert Guttmann Gallery, Old New Synagogue

  • Adults: CZK 500
  • Children 6-15, students under 26: CZK 350
  • Disability card holders accompanied by a helper: CZK 85
  • Children under 6: free
  • Family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) – adults: CZK 500, every child (6-15): CZK 160

 

J E W I S H   M U S E U M   I N   P R A G U E

incl.: Maisel Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, Klausen Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, Old Jewish Cemetery, Ceremonial Hall, Robert Guttmann Gallery

  • Adults: CZK 350
  • Children 6-15, students under 26: CZK 250
  • Disability card holders accompanied by a helper: CZK 50
  • Children under 6: free
  • Family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) – adults: CZK 350, every child (6-15): CZK 100

 

O L D   N E W   S Y N A G O G U E

The synagogue is overseen by the Prague Jewish Community.

  • Adults: CZK 200
  • Children 6-15, students under 26: CZK 140
  • Disability card holders accompanied by a helper: CZK 35
  • Children under 6: free
  • Family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) – adults: CZK 200, every child (6-15): CZK 100

 

R O B E R T   G U T T M A N N   G A L L E R Y

  • Adults: CZK 50
  • Children 6-15, students under 26: CZK 30
  • Children under 6: free

 

Tickets are valid for 7 days. Each site can be visited once.

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Contacts

  • Jewish Museum in Prague – Maisel Synagogue (Židovské muzeum – Maiselova synagoga)
  • Maiselova 10
  • 110 00 Praha 1- Josefov
  • +420222749211

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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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Information source: Židovské muzeum v Praze