The Jewish Museum is one of the most visisted museums in Prague.
The Jewish Museum in Prague is one of the most visited museums in the city. It was on our list of places to visit. Unfortunately, we did not purchase tickets in advance and there was a long line of people when we arrived. Subsequently we walked around the building but it is impossible to see the cemetery because of the high walls.
At first we thought that it was only the museum and cemetery but this is not correct. The museum consists of six Jewish monuments clustered together. The six monuments are:
- The Spanish Synagogue;
- The Ceremonial Hall;
- The Old Jewish Cemetery;
- The Pinkas Synagogue;
- The Klaus Synagogue ;
- The Maisel Synagogue.
The Old-New Synagogue, currently used for religious services, requieres a separate ticket.
Why is the Jewish Museum in Prague important?
During World War II the Nazis took over the management of the Prague Jewish Museum. It contained some of the most important Jewish artifacts that can be found in the world. Some go back to the 17th and 18th century. The intention was to create a ‘museum of an extinct race’. Materials and objects were shipped from destroyed Jewish communities.
Other exhibits present the lives and history of Jews in Bohemia and Moravi – located throughout the museums.
Where to find the Jewish Museum in Prague?
U stare shkoly 141/1 | U Stareho Hrbitova 3a, Prague110 00, Czech Republic.
Opening Hours of the Jewish Museum in Prague.
The museum is open Sunday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Allow 2 to 3 hours to visit the museum and the cemetery.
What does other travellers think of the Jewish Museum?
“The combined ticket is a good way to visit 6 of the main sites and some you bypass the queue. The cemetery was a bit disappointing not very well kept and even with purchasing the additional audio it was difficult to recognise the headstones. It also wasn’t helped being stuck behind guided tours. The Spanish synagogue was beautiful well worth a visit as was the ceremonial hall and the customs. Both useful and informative if you are not Jewish.”
“We ordered tickets “A +B” from the museum website to cover all 7 locations in the Jewish quarter. Order the audio guide online also, as you get a discount. The ticket covers several synagogues covering 700 years of Jewish history in Prague, a museum of jewish life under soviet occupation, a holocaust memorial and the old jewish cemetary. Too much to describe here- you have to see it for yourself. Must see when in Prague.
The downside , as with many places in Prague, is that the staff onsite speak minimal if any English.
Recommend downloading the free app “Jewish Prague” from the google app store. It works offline and we found it very useful.”