A Journey through German Jewish History

Our Permanent Exhibition

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Permanent Exhibition

Featuring images, texts, artworks, everyday objects, media stations, and interactive elements, our historical permanent exhibition examines Jewish culture in Germany, relations among Jews, and relations between Jews and Christians, or, in a more secular age, between Jews and non-Jewish Germans.
The exhibition is arranged chronologically with a different thematic focus in each period. On a tour of the exhibition, visitors learn about Jewish religious traditions and the lives of selected Jewish men and women. Many aspects are surprisingly familiar.

Gebäudeplan mit Markierung des Libeskindbaus

Libeskind Building, permanent exhibition

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Incidentally, our permanent exhibition is less permanent than the name suggests, as it is updated on a regular basis. We incorporate new objects from our collection, revise and expand our uses of media, and rethink and redesign thematic areas. When updating the exhibition, we take our visitors’ suggestions and criticism into account. Our goal is to create a lively and engaging museum with something new and special for everyone.

The Jewish Museum Berlin’s permanent exhibition "Two Millennia of German Jewish History" is supervised and further developed in matters of science, organization, and restoration by Barbara Decker, Gelia Eisert, Daniel Ihde, Maren Krüger, Cilly Kugelmann, Stephan Lohrengel, Androniki Paliompei and Katrin Strube.

Exhibition technology: Support and further development by Leitwerk, Berlin

Design and media
Permanent Exhibition Würth & Winderoll, Seefeld (design)
"A Thousand Years Ago" The multimedia presentation "A Thousand Years Ago" in the "World of Ashkenaz" exhibition segment was developed in cooperation with the Department for CAD in Architecture at the Technical University Darmstadt and Musion,
In 2010, Architectura Virtualis and the Information and Communication Technology Department of the TU Darmstadt revised the 3D modelling and film
Whitevoid, Berlin undertook the programming and installation of the media technology
The digital Talmud The digital Talmud in the "World of Ashkenaz" exhibition segment was created in cooperation with School of Arts in Berlin, and ART + COM.
"Matters of Faith" The design of "Matters of Faith" was undertaken by gewerk, Berlin
buchstabenschubser, Potsdam (films).
"Court Jews" Duncan McCauley, Berlin (design)
"Both Germans and Jews" Bertron Schwarz Frey, Berlin (design)
cooperation with the Berlin University of the Arts, and Whitevoid, Berlin (multimedia picture book)
Whitevoid, Berlin (listening table and interactive photo album)
"Berlin, Berlin" The display cases that feature Leo Arons, Magnus Hirschfeld, Fritz Haber and Albert Einstein were designed by eckedesign, Berlin.
Children’s Island gewerk, Berlin (design)
"On Trial: Auschwitz / Majdanek" Holzer Kobler Architecturen (design)
in cooperation with TheGreenEyl, Berlin (film installation on the Auschwitz trial)
"Simple as That" s t e c h e r zeichen und räume, Götzis/Österreich (design)
Gebäudeplan mit Markierung des Libeskindbaus

Libeskind Building, permanent exhibition

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Highlights (10) What Awaits You in the Permanent Exhibition Show all

What Awaits You in the Permanent Exhibition

We present a few of the topics, objects, and sections of the exhibition here in brief.

How to Get to the Permanent Exhibition

From the main entrance, our visitors descend a staircase into the Libeskind Building, where the permanent exhibition begins.

Matters of Faith

The three video viewing stations about "Matters of Faith" on the second level feature entertaining and important material about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

The Shabbat Table

The "Tradition and Change" section of our exhibition, on the second level, displays objects that relate to the day of rest.

O Christmas Tree!

During the German Empire, Christmas trees could be found in some Jewish households. You'll find ours in the section about "Family Life" in our permanent exhibition.


Jewish schools past and present. By listening and rummaging, you'll learn here about the Hebrew alphabet and the Jewish calendar.

In Exile

On the second level of our permanent exhibition

On Trial: Auschwitz and Majdanek

Portraits of participants in the Majdanek Trial in Düsseldorf and a film installation of opinions on the Auschwitz Trial on the first upper level.

What Would You Take Along?

You can find out what items Jewish children brought into exile on the first upper level and read each child's story.

Emigration Stories

On the Axis of Exile on the lower level of the Libeskind Building, you will find objects that people bought along when they emigrated.

The Children’s Island

On the first upper level, there is an area for children where they look at and even touch objects or draw their own pictures.