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W. Michael Blumenthal Academy
of the Jewish Museum Berlin

The Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin in the Eric F. Ross Building
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Mirjam Bitter

Research, Discussion, Exchange of Ideas

Our Academy is a place for research, discussion, and the exchange of ideas on Jewish history and culture as well as on questions of diversity in society. The W. Michael Blumenthal Academy enriches the Museum's wide spectrum of activities with Academy Programs on Migration and Diversity and a Jewish-Islamic Forum both of which provide a platform for discussing highly relevant sociopolitical themes.

To support research in these fields, the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy has its own fellowship program, which provides scholars from around the world with the opportunity to conduct research in the library's collections and the Museum's archive.

In addition, the Academy hosts a wide array of events ranging from conferences and lectures to workshops for children, students and educators.


The Academy is located at the Fromet und Moses Mendelssohn-Platz across the street from the museum. The concept of the "Zwischenräume," developed by Daniel Libeskind, creates an architectural expansion of the current museum ensemble. In celebration of his 90th birthday, the academy was renamed the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy after our museum’s founding director in January 2016.

Opening hours

On 5 and 6 May 2016 the Academy will be closed.

W. Michael Blumenthal Academy

Monday and Wednesday: 10 am to 7 pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10 am to 6 pm

Reading Room

Monday and Wednesday: 12 am to 7 pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10 am to 5 pm


Entrance to the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

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