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On 23 August 2020, the Jewish Museum Berlin is opening its new core exhibition. Until then the museum will be closed for renovations.

Our New Core Exhibition Opens soon!


Cross-sectional view of the Libeskind building with the new core exhibition, design for the competition; Arbeitsgemeinschaft Chezweitz GmbH/ Hella Rolfes Architekten BDA

Regrettably, the corona pandemic has caused delays in the construction of the new exhibition.

Something’s happening at the Libeskind Building – the new core exhibition will open on 23 August 2020! Covering an area of over 3000 square meters, it will provide insights into the Jewish past and present in Germany.

Historical Tour – Exciting Perspectives

A video installation in the Libeskind Building is the prelude to walking through the axes and ascending the impressive staircase to the exhibition rooms, where a sculpturally designed welcome point invites visitors to engage. The subsequent tour of the exhibition combines historical narrative with insights into Jewish culture and religion: What is sacred in Judaism? What happens on the Shabbat? What is the sound of Judaism? Alongside the presentation of objects, art installations, hands-on stations, and virtual reality over two levels await visitors. The wealth of the museum’s own collection has a greater emphasis than before – more than 70 percent of the over 1000 objects are from the museum’s own holdings. The restorers have been busy preparing objects for the exhibition over the past months to let them shine in a new light.

More Space for the Jewish Present

The exhibition is divided into five historical chapters spanning from the beginnings of Jewish life in Ashkenaz, through the emancipation movement, the Enlightenment, and its failure, to the present. The largest space is dedicated to National Socialism and the chapter “After 1945,” where topics such as restitution and reparation, the relationship to Israel and Russian-speaking immigration from 1990 onwards are the central themes. The “final chorus” brings the polyphony of contemporary Jewish together in a video installation.

An Exhibition – Real Teamwork!

The exhibition was developed by a team of over 20 curators in close cooperation with the chezweitz consortium GmbH/Hella Rolfes Architects BDA.

We would like to thank our friends, sponsors, supporters, donors, and lenders, whose participation made the exhibition possible.

Want to Learn More?

An audio guide in six languages takes you through the exhibition – easy to use on your own smartphone or on a loaned device. Of course we also offer tours with guides for groups of different ages and needs, and visitors with or without previous knowledge. Touch models and plans, display cases designed to allow close viewing by wheelchair users, and clearly designated routes make the museum accessible for people with impairments.

Various town names in Hebrew and Latin letters projected by light on a staircase

Light projection on the stairs to the core exhibition; design: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Chezweitz GmbH/ Hella Rolfes Architekten BDA