Wien - Vienna


Dorotheergasse 11

Phone: +43 (1) 535 04 31
Fax: +43 (1) 535 04 24

Jewish Museum Vienna
One Museum - Two Houses

"Memory is then the key-word which combines past and present, past and future.

Remembering means that we must renew our belief in humanity, as a challenge to humanity, and thus to give meaning to our weak endeavours"
Elie Wiesel

The theme of “remembrance” is omnipresent throughout the Jewish Museum Vienna, be it in Palais Eskeles in Dorotheergasse or in the Misrachi House on Judenplatz.

Remembrance is the key to Jewish culture and it permeates the Museum right down to the smallest detail. Remembrance also means active confrontation. The Museum is therefore a place of encounter, communication and discussion. Apart from the exhibitions, you can attend symposiums, readings, podium discussions, concerts and other events. Special children’s programmes are also regularly offered. The permanent exhibition is supplemented every year by numerous temporary exhibitions on Jewish history, religion and culture.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (5)

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Permanent Collection

Jewish Museum (Main Building, 1. Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11)

The Jewish Museum Vienna is situated in Palais Eskeles, a historic city mansion at Dorotheergasse 11, close to St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

The museum houses a permanent exhibition of Austrian and Viennese Jewish history. The multipurpose central event room contains the Max Berger Collection, one of the most important collections of Judaica in the world.

As a special feature rarely found in establishments of this type, the museum’s extensive inventory is also on public display in the Viewable Storage Area.

Temporary exhibitions on variety of topics are shown regularly in the listed historic rooms on the first floor of the museum.

Museum Judenplatz (Annex of the Jewish Museum) 1., Vienna, Judenplatz 8

Medieval Jewish Vienna

Under today's Jewish Place in the old Viennese city, archaeologists found the foundation walls of a medieval synagog.

The excavations witness the importance of the medieval Jewish community and the first expulsion of the Viennese Jews around 1420. The synagog was cleared away up to the foundation, the stones being used for the building of the old university. The synagog disappeared thereafter from the consciousness of the population.

Today the excavations can be visited. Exhibition areas inform about Jewish life in medieval Vienna. The memorial at the Jewish Place which was errected by the London artist Rachel Whiteread reminds of the 65,000 Austrian victims of the Shoa.


3rd Anniversary Lounge: “Leon Askin – 99/100”
until 21 October 2007

On 18 September 2007 the Austrian actor and director Leon Askin would have been 100 years old. The Jewish Museum Vienna is marking this event with a small photo exhibition. The portrait installation “Leon Askin - 99/100” can be seen in the auditorium of the Jewish Museum from 18 September to 21 October.

ORDNUNG MUSS SEIN. The Archive of the Jewish Community Vienna
until 21 October 2007

In the year 2000, employees of the Vienna Jewish Community (IKG) made a startling discovery. In an empty apartment in a tenement building in Vienna’s 15th district they came upon 800 boxes filled with files and documents from the IKG archives. On closer inspection, the 500,000 pages were identified as dating from the period between 1938 and 1945. A long forgotten part of the IKG Vienna archives had been found again. In cooperation with the Holocaust Victims’ Information and Support Centre and with the support of the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People, the Jewish Museum Vienna will be staging an exhibition in summer 2007 featuring a selection of items from the IKG archive. The archive was officially founded in 1816, but the oldest patents and decrees date back to the seventeenth century. The archive was professionally organised and classified during the nineteenth century.
The IKG Vienna archive, which is unique in terms of scope and completeness, spans 300 years from the beginning of the Jewish community to the post-Holocaust period, documenting the Community’s organisation, its religious, education, scientific, cultural and charity facilities and providing information abou...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

On March 7, 1990, the Vienna Jewish Museum opened its first exhibition in the provisional rooms offered by the Jewish Community of Vienna in its Seitenstettengasse building. Since then, more than 60 exhibitions have been organised by the Museum, attracting over 500,000 people.

The following overview illustrates ten years of activities carried out by the Museum. It was built, as enshrined in its inscription, "in memory of the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Austrian Jews forced to flee from their home over the past centuries, as well as in memory of tens of thousands of Austrian Jews who, in historical periods such as the terrible time between 1938 and 1945, were killed because of their Jewish descent."

1986 - 1989
Founding of the Jewish Museum Vienna. Acquisition of Max Berger collection.

1900 - 1991
Museum opening. Daniella Luxembourg is first director.

Final location of the museum (Dorotheergasse 11) fixed. Start of excavations of the Old Synagogue on Judenplatz.

Daniella Luxembourg succeeded by Julius H. Schoeps. Museum in Palais Eskeles officially opened.

Exhibitions on Marc Chagall and Joseph Roth. Opening of Jewish Museum Vienna library.

"The Power of Images" exhibition. Presentation of plans for museum alterations.

Reopening of museum after alterations. "Pleinair" and "Jewish Attitudes" exhibitions

"Masks" and "Max Liebermann" exhibitions
Julius H. Schoeps succeeded by Karl Albrecht-Weinberger

Opening of to the public Visible Storage Area. Foundation stone for Judenplatz project laid.

"Murdering the Media" exhibition with 20-hour reading marathon. "Chaimowi...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (6)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

4th Anniversary Lounge: “NOTES ON A COAST”
31 October 2007 – 6 January 2008

As part of the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel next year, the exhibition NOTES ON A COAST by Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond will open on 31 October. The artists photographed the built-up Mediterranean coast of Israel with an underwater camera. The book of the same name, which will be published by Skarabaeus in October, is not only a photo album but also contains the first anthology of new Hebrew poems translated into German. On 30 October the opening of the exhibition and book presentation will be accompanied by readings and discussions by Israeli and Austrian poets and art experts. The KUNSTHALLE wien is also participating: under the title “Playing with Solitude” a video programme of contemporary Israeli and Palestinian video art compiled by Tal Yahas, Haifa Museum of Art, will be shown in the “ursula blickle videolounge” as “video of the month” # 30 until 30 November 2007.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, this remarkable cooperative project highlights the discrepancy between preconceptions about Israel and the reality within the country and gives the stage to voices that are not normally heard in the usual Middle East discussion.

Wilhelm Reich. Sex! Pol! Energy!
16 November 2007 – 9 March 2008

To his enemies, he was a colleague who had strayed too far afield. To his followers, he was an ingenious scientific innovator. Among the ’60s generation he enjoyed cult status as the father of the “sexual revolution”. Few scientists or thinkers polarized people like Wilhelm Reich, w...+ [ Read all ]


Admission to the Museum
Normal admission € 6.50,-
Reduced admission € 4.-
Guided tours for goups € 40,-
School classes Admission and guided tours free of charge

Admission to the Museum Judenplatz
Normal admission € 4,-
Reduced admission € 2,50
Guided tours for groups € 40,-
School classes Admission and guided tours free of charge

Combined tickets(Jewish Museum, Museum Judenplatz + Synagoge)
Normal admission € 10.-
Reduced admission € 6,-
Guided tours € 40,- per group
School classes Admission and guided tours free of charge

Entrance fees Synagogue
Normal admission € 3,-
Reduced admission € 2,-
School classes Admission and guided tours free of charge

Opening hours

Sunday - Friday: 10.00-18.00
Saturday: closed

Monday - Thursday: 10.00-18.00
Friday: 10.00-14.00
Saturday: closed

Synagogue (guided tour)
Identity card required
Monday - Thursday 11.30 am and 2 pm (not on holidays)

Getting there

Dorotheergasse 11
A-1010 Vienna
t +43 (1) 535 04 31
f +43 (1) 535 04 24

Judenplatz 8
A-1010 Vienna
t +43 (1) 535 04 31
f +43 (1) 535 04 24

Seitenstetteng. 4
A-1010 Vienna
t +43 (1) 535 04 31
f +43 (1) 535 50 46

Trattnerhof 2/106
A-1010 Vienna
t +43 (1) 535 04 31
f +43 (1) 535 04 24

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Jewish Museum Library

The reference library contains approximately 41,000 works from the last four centuries in German, Hebrew, Yiddish and English. The main focus lies in the history of the Jews in Austria and of the Jewish Community of Vienna. The library also houses an important collection of rabbinical works and other religious writings.

Seitenstettengasse 4, 1010 Vienna
Phone: +43 (1) 535 04 31 ext. 410
Fax: +43 (1) 535 50 46

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please present a valid identity card with photograph

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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Educational Programmes
From Purim masks to riddles and games

The Museum offers special educational programmes for children and entire school classes. With the assistance of members of the museum’s educational staff pupils approach Jewish history, culture and religion in an informal, creative manner. Background teaching material for primary and secondary school students (elementary, junior and senior grades) is available.

Phone: +43 (1) 535 04 31 ext. 311, 312
Fax: +43 (1) 535 04 24


School classes Admission and guided tours free of charge


Museum Archive
From marriage contract to diary

Official and private, religious and political items. Mundane documents and artistic works on paper make the Museum archive a treasure trove for all students of Viennese Jewish history.

The archive contains valuable 17th century marriage contracts as well as the 1941 diary of a young Viennese Jew. These graphic artworks, photographs, documents and manuscripts are fragmentary snapshots of Jewish life. The archive is open to visitors by prior appointment.

Dorotheergasse 11, A-1010 Vienna
Phone: +43 (1) 535 04 31 ext. 212