The Jewish Museum is quite possibly one of the most exciting examples of contemporary architecture in Berlin. Opened on 9 September 2001, the form and style of the museum reflect a complex concept consisting of ciphers, codes and philosophical themes.
A trip to Berlin isn’t truly worthwhile until you’ve explored the Jewish Museum. Renowned for its snazzy and unique architecture, the Jewish Museum is more than just a pretty building. It offers you the chance to learn all about Jewish life throughout the ages and of course documents the horror that occurred during the holocaust. With a vast collection of Jewish contemporary art, history and fun exhibitions, the Jewish Museum is not to be missed out.
The zigzag-like Jewish Museum is based on a design by American architect Daniel Libeskind and, on account of its rugged, almost windowless outside, it resembles a shattered Star of David. In addition to the exhibition rooms, the interior contains the windowless Holocaust Tower. Outside can be found the Garden of Exile, where pillars have been set up on a sloping level, thus reflecting the isolation and disorientation of life in exile. The main axis, known as the “void,” cuts a swathe through the various departments of the museum, thus highlighting the emptiness of, or perhaps better expressed, that which is no longer visible in Jewish history.
Since January 1999, the Jewish Museum has been open to the public and, although it was initially still “empty,” nevertheless it was met with great interest on behalf of the public. In September 2001, the permanent exhibition was opened, which focuses on the history of German Jews.
Since its opening in 2001 it has attracted visitors from all over the world who want to check out its temporary and permanent exhibitions. The museum offers many thought provoking and interesting tours including a look into the life of women in Judaism and general Jewish life and traditions. It is a very good way of educating not only adults but children too in the way of Jewish life and Jewish history.
As it is a museum dedicated to all the family and not just us grown ups, there is a fun little exhibition in the museum called Children’s Island where our youngsters can easily digest all there is to know about Jewish cultures and way of life. Many might think such a museum as unsuitable for children, due to its grisly past and topic matter, but we must remember that it is important for the young to understand the past in order to build a better future!
Aside from detailing Jewish history, the museum also has a range of contemporary art from the likes of Menashe Kadishman, Via Lewandowsky, and Arnold Dreyblatt. Over ten thousand open mouth faces cut into round iron plates, black glass sculptures and a collection of extracts taken from the diaries of those pitted in Nazi concentration camps, is just a taste of what is to be found in this stunning gallery.
One thing you will notice upon gazing at the museum is its architecture! It is perhaps one of the most uniquely designed buildings in not only the city of Berlin but the whole of Germany and has attracted over 350,000 visitors with its fantastic design and interesting exhibitions. The museum also has a glass roofed courtyard attached to the old building to give it that extra oomph!
Inside the Jewish Museum is its very own swanky little restaurant called Liebermanns, which is an absolutely fantastic way to dine and enjoy the delicacies of Jewish food. It also has a garden area for you to take a break from all of the exhibitions and just sit out in the sunshine with a nice Jewish picnic basket. If you’re not that hungry and instead you just need a nice relaxing sit down with a cup of nice hot coffee then why not rest your legs at the Schteh café which is also found inside the museum?
The museum is absolutely free of charge for children to visit and only 5 euros for adults. This minute charge is simply put in place to keep this fabulous museum up and running for the generations to come! So with it being so low priced yet jam packed full of interesting Jewish history, you really can’t afford not to visit this amazing museum during your stay in the fabulous city of Berlin!
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