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 awaits 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.
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. A large 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.
Want to learn more?
The JMB App, an audio guide in German and English that you can easily use on your own smartphone (don't forget your headphones), guides you through the exhibition.
Of course we also offer tours with guides for groups of different ages and needs. Touch models and plans, display cases that can be opened, and clearly designated routes make the museum accessible for people with impairments.