We're Planning A New Permanent Exhibition

Opening Spring 2020

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 spring 2020.

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

Since 11 December 2017, the two upper stories of the Libeskind Building are closed to the public for reconstruction. You can, however, continue to obtain information about Jewish history and Jewish life today:

Architecture and Remembrance

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.

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

Contemporary Jewish Life

On the ground floor of the new building, the exhibition A Is for Jewish awaits you. Surprising, informative, and provocative aspects of Jewish life in Berlin and Germany are presented in 22 letters. The exhibition was curated together with school children from Berlin; all items on display are from the 21st century!

View of the exhibition A Is for Jewish; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Yves Suckdorff


We have works by two significant contemporary light artists on display: in the basement of the Libeskind building 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. In the garden you can dive into the light world of James Turrell (requires time-slot ticket).

Two people are standing in a room of blue and violet light.

James Turrell, Ganzfeld “Aural”, 2004; Jewish Museum Berlin, gift of Dieter and Si Rosenkranz, photo: Florian Holzherr

Photo Exhibition

Since 7 June 2019 you can visit the exhibition This Place on the first floor of the old building. This exhibition explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank—their topography, inhabitants, and everyday life—from the perspective of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers.


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Logo with the inscription "This Place" in English, Hebrew and Arabic