The Jewish Museum London reopened on 17 March 2010 after a £10 million transformation creating a landmark museum that celebrates Jewish life and cultural diversity. Its new displays and exhibitions tell the story of Jewish history, culture and religion in an innovative and compelling way and engage with people of all backgrounds and faiths to explore Jewish heritage and identity as part of the wider story of Britain.
Displayed across four permanent galleries, the huge variety of objects, films, photography, hands-on exhibits and personal stories on display will paint a rich picture of British Jewish life and religion as well as exploring contemporary social issues around immigration and settlement.
Housing four permanent galleries; Welcome Gallery, History: A British Story, Judaism: A Living Faith, the Holocaust Gallery and one changing exhibition gallery. Highlights include; A recreation of an East End street and tailorís workshop brought to life with different characters talking about their lives at home and at work. A Yiddish theatre karaoke presented by comedian David Schneider, photographer's studio in which visitors can pose in period wedding outfits, A medieval mikveh (ritual bath) from the 13th century, on display for the first time since its discovery in 2001 in the City of London.
The changing Gallery is currently housing the Entertaining the Nation; Stars of Music, Stage and Screen exhibition. Entertaining the Nation tells the fascinating untold story of Jewish contribution to British entertainment from Victorian music hall to the stars of today. This ground-breaking exhibition explores the stories behind these household names through a fascinating display of costumes, props, vintage photographs, posters and hands-on objects as well as archive footage and newly commissioned films, in our 1920s inspired cinema.
The exhibition offers a range of fun activities for children and families including interactive displays, a dressing up box and a special exhibition trail.
Opening times are:
Daily 10.00 - 17.00 except Friday 10.00 - 14.00. Last entrance is 30 minutes before closing.
Standard admission is £7.50 (as at Summer 2011) with concessions and family discounts available.
3 minutes walk from Camden Town underground station