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Jewish Museum in Prague – Klausen Synagogue (Židovské muzeum – Klausová synagoga)

The Klausen Synagogue is located near the entrance to the Old Jewish Cemetery. The Baroque building was built on the site after a disastrous fire in 1689 and was completed in 1694. It is the largest synagogue of the Prague ghetto and is the second main synagogue of the Prague Jewish community. The synagogue features an exhibition of the Jewish Museum dedicated to Jewish traditions and customs.

Opening hours

    • marraskuu – maaliskuu
    • maanantai, tiistai, keskiviikko, torstai, perjantai, sunnuntai
    • 09.00 – 16.30
    • huhtikuu – lokakuu
    • maanantai, tiistai, keskiviikko, torstai, perjantai, sunnuntai
    • 09.00 – 18.00

Closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.

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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 – Klausen Synagogue (Židovské muzeum – Klausová synagoga)
  • U Starého hřbitova 1
  • 110 00 Praha 1- Josefov
  • +420222749211

Object history

Klausen Synagogue – Jewish Museum

A building made up of three parts, seclusions (klaus = cell, from latin claustrum), was built on a land plot purchased by Mordechai Maisel, then the primate. The seclusions, cells, gave the synagogue its name. One part was founded by rabbi Löw for the talmud college, the second part was a chapel, and the third part was designed for a ritual spa (mikve) and for the care of the sick. In 1689 the entire object burnt down, and it was thanks to the superior Šalamoun Chališ Kohen that in 1694, a new synagogue, this time single, was built in an early-Baroque style, with single-aisle auditorium premises with richly pargetted wagon vault with lunettes. It was originally named New Klausen School. It was the largest synagogue in the ghetto, the second main synagogue of the Prague Jewish community, and the synagogue of the Prague burial society (institution taking care of Jewish burials and cemeteries, of the sick, the elderly, and the dying).

It was modified in 1882 - 3 by architect Bedřich Münzberger, and again after 1921. During occupation, the interior facilities were destroyed. The synagogue went through new reconstructions in 1979 - 84 and 1995 - 96. Only the window shapes were preserved from the original building, and an inscription plate on the pillar, dating the origin of the synagogue back to 1694. The Jewish museum has its fixed exposition here, named Jewish traditions and habits.

 

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Information source: Židovské muzeum v Praze