We're Planning A New Permanent Exhibition

Opening Expected 2019

Permanent Exhibition

Ever since the Jewish Museum Berlin opened in September 2001, the permanent exhibition has been at the heart of our programming, captivating our visitors. We have now embarked on a project to thoroughly modernize the permanent exhibition. We aim to present the history of Jewish life in Germany from its beginnings to the present in an innovative way that is perfectly suited to the contemporary moment.

We will be incorporating the latest research and allocating more space to the period after 1945. At the same time, we want to place even greater emphasis on meeting our visitors’ needs, improving our digital offerings, and showcasing the diversity of our collection, which has grown significantly over the years.

As well as recounting history, the new permanent exhibition will highlight individually selected themes in Jewish culture through the ages. We have assembled a project team composed of colleagues from various departments and disciplines. A partnership between chezweitz GmbH and Hella Rolfes Architekten BDA has been commissioned to design the new permanent exhibition, which is scheduled to reopen in its new form in 2019.

What You Can See and Experience during the Museum's Reconstruction

On 11 December 2017, the two upper stories of the Libeskind Building were closed to the public for reconstruction. On the same day, we opened our largest thematic exhibition yet, dedicated to a city that for two thousand years has been revered as a holy place by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike: Jerusalem.

Visitors can still access the axes in the basement of the Libeskind Building. The axes deal with the topics of emigration and exile, racial exclusion and the Holocaust. Also open for visitors are the Garden of Exile, the Holocaust Tower, the Eric F. Ross Gallery, and the impressive Voids – one of which houses the artwork Shalekhet (Fallen Leaves) by Menashe Kadishman.

In the basement, you can find the light and sound installation res·o·nant by Mischa Kuball. It incorporates two of the symbolically charged voids which, for the first time since 2001, can be experienced in their original form.

New tours and workshops are being developed and additional exhibitions, interventions, and attractions are in the pipeline. Our website is always up to date with the latest news. Would you like to receive updates on a regular basis? Subscribe here to our newsletter – or just stop by.

Menashe Kadishman's numerous face-like steel sculptures cover one of the Void's ground

Memory Void and the installation Shalekhet by Menashe Kadishman; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe