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Jewish Museum Vienna

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The Jewish Museum Vienna is a place of encounter, interaction and understanding, which seeks to raise awareness of Jewish history, religion and culture in Vienna and beyond. The museum has two locations: the main building in Dorotheergasse and the branch on Judenplatz.

The main building in Dorotheergasse showcases Jewish life in the 19th and early 20th century, as well as contemporary Jewish art and culture. The permanent exhibition «Our City! Jewish Vienna Then to Now» tells the story of Jewish Vienna from the Middle Ages to the present day, highlighting the achievements and challenges of the Jewish community. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions on various topics related to Judaism and Jewish history.

The branch on Judenplatz focuses on Jewish Vienna in the Middle Ages, when Judenplatz was the center of a thriving Jewish community. The permanent exhibition «Our Medieval City! The First Jewish Community in Vienna» displays archaeological findings, documents and objects that reveal the everyday life, culture and religion of the medieval Jews of Vienna. The museum also features the Holocaust Memorial by Rachel Whiteread, which commemorates the 65,000 Austrian Jews who were murdered by the Nazis.

A ticket allows entry to both locations of the Jewish Museum Vienna within 7 days from issue. The ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults: € 15,-
  • Reduced (seniors > 65 years, discount cards*): € 13,-
  • Persons with disability: € 13,-
  • Students up to 27 years: € 11,-
  • Children (18 and under): free
  • Group rate (from 10 people): € 11,-
  • Guided tours per group and hour: € 80,-
  • School workshops: € 40,-
  • Jewish Museum Vienna annual ticket: € 39,-
  • Annual ticket reduced (persons < 27 years, persons with disability): € 24,-
  • IAA, ICOM, Flexi PASS, Kulturpass, Museumsbund Österreich, Sozialpass / Mobilpass, Vienna PASS: free
  • Ukrainian nationals with passport or travel documents: free

*valid discount cards: Stadt Wien Vorteilsclub, Die Presse-Club, EasyCityPass Wien, Ö1 Club, Queer City Pass, Raiffeisen costumers, VÖKK members, Wien Holding employees, Vienna City Card, Card Complete

Both museum locations are wheelchair accessible and have cloakrooms on the ground floor. The main building in Dorotheergasse also has a museum shop and a café that offer a wide range of products and dishes related to Jewish culture.

The opening hours of the museum are as follows:

  • Museum Dorotheergasse: Sun – Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Saturdays
  • Museum Judenplatz: Sun – Thu 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed on Saturdays

The museum can be easily reached by public transport. The main building in Dorotheergasse is within walking distance from the U1, U3 Stephansplatz underground station. The branch on Judenplatz is close to the U3 Herrengasse station.

Some tips for visiting the museum are :

  • Plan ahead and check the website for current exhibitions and events.
  • Book a guided tour or a workshop to learn more about the museum’s collections and themes.
  • Explore both locations of the museum to get a comprehensive overview of Jewish history and culture in Vienna.
  • Visit the Holocaust Memorial on Judenplatz and pay respect to the victims of the Shoah.
  • Enjoy a meal or a snack at Café Eskeles or Gottfried & Söhne in Dorotheergasse.

Some prohibitions for visiting the museum are:

  • No photography or filming inside the museum without permission.
  • No smoking inside or outside the museum.
  • No pets allowed inside the museum except for guide dogs.
  • No food or drinks inside the exhibition rooms.

Some highlights of what to see at the museum are :

  • The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal and other netsuke at Dorotheergasse.
  • The medieval synagogue model and excavations at Judenplatz.
  • The interactive media stations and objects that illustrate Jewish life in Vienna at Dorotheergasse.
  • The temporary exhibitions that showcase various aspects of Judaism and Jewish history at both locations.

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