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Museum of Jewish Art and History, Paris

The Musée d'Art et d'Histoire d'Judaisme (Museum of Jewish Art and History) traces the history of Jewish art, culture and religion in France and Europe.

The current museum is the successor of the Musée d'Art Juif de Paris, founded in 1948 to honor a culture that was all but destroyed by the Holocaust. Collections were acquired from various sources, including the National Museum of the Middle Ages in Paris. The Musée d'Art et d'Histoire d'Judaisme was founded in 1988.

The museum is located in the 17th-century Hôtel De St-Aignan. In a well-organized and user-friendly format, the museum displays Jewish ritual objects, historical items, and artworks by notable Jewish artists.

Included in the eclectic collections are menorahs, torah ornaments, and ark curtains in both the Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions, illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance torah arks, paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries, and medieval Jewish gravestones. Also on display are documents related to the notorius Dreyfus case.

Audio tours are available in English or French and included with the price of admission.

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Names:Museum of Jewish Art and History; Museum of Jewish Art and History, Paris
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Location:Paris, France
Coordinates:48.861150° N, 2.355586° E  (view on Google Maps)
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Title:Museum of Jewish Art and History, Paris
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:04/11/2009
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