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Museum of Jewish Art and History

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Basic Information

Location 71 Rue du Temple, 75003 Paris, France
Phone number +33 1 53 01 86 53
Country France
City Paris

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Website http://www.mahj.org/en/index.php
Geographical Coordinates 48.86097,2.3556


Summary

The Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme is a French museum of Jewish art and history located in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan at 71, rue du Temple in the Marais district in Paris. The museum is open daily except Saturday (Shabbat). An admission fee is charged.

General

The museum opened in 1998, and the initial collection was formed by combining the Strauss-Rothschild gift built up by Isaac Strauss and given by Baroness Nathaniel de Rothschild in 1890 to the Musée de Cluny, with the holdings assembled since 1948 by the Musée d'Art Juif. This collection has been enhanced by acquisitions and donations of art, and historical and ethnological objects.

The museum reflects the history of Jewish communities in Europe and North Africa, from the Middle Ages to the present. It contains archives of the Dreyfus affair, 20th-century art (Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine, Michel Kikoine), as well as textiles and manuscripts, and a 182-seat auditorium.

History and time period

The museum dates from 1986 when the then-Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, made the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan available for a museum of Jewish civilization. The building was originally constructed as a hotel. It became known by its present name after it was acquired by Paul de Beauvilliers, Duc de Saint-Aignan, in 1688. Acquired by the Ville de Paris in the 1960's, the exterior was slowly restored nearer to its original design, most significantly by the removal of additional floors that were added in the 19th century.


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