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Museum Judengasse
Battonnstrasse 47
60311 Frankfurt am Main
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Public transit stations:
U 4, U 5 (RMV station Konstablerwache)
Tram 11, 12 (RMV station Battonnstrasse)
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Monclosed
Tue10 am – 8 pm
Wed–Sun10 am – 6 pm

Jewish Museum

Museum Judengasse is one of two venues of the Jewish Museum Frankfurt
Website of the Jewish Museum

adults6 €
reduced3 €
kids under 18free
media guide2 €
with Frankfurt-Pass/Kulturpass1 €

free admission every last Saturday of the month („Satourday“)

For more detailed information please check this overview:
admission fees (PDF)  

Museum

Judengasse

In 1460, the town council decided the Jewish population should be resettled in a segregated area of the town – the Judengasse – on the edge of town, the new quarter was the first Jewish ghetto in Europe. By the early seventeenth century the original population had grown to around 3,000. Frankfurt developed into one of the most important Jewish centers in Europe, praised for its rich cultural life and scholarship.

further information

The trailer on this website offers a brief introduction to the museum. More detailed information on the history of the Judengasse are found in our Database (German). The multimedia guide in English is available at the museum and for download at the AppStore or at Google Play.

About the Museum

In 1987 the city of Frankfurt began constructing a building for the public utilities company. The workers discovered the foundations of houses from the city’s former Jewish quarter, the Judengasse. After considerable protest parts of the archeological excavations were reconstructed and made accessible to the public in a museum. The museum has now been redesigned. Its entrance was moved to Battonnstrasse so that the museum, the old Jewish cemetery, and the memorial to the deported Jews of Frankfurt are now visible as a historical ensemble.

The exhibition opens up new perspectives. Rather than portraying the Judengasse residents as members of a group isolated behind ghetto walls, it examines their diverse relations with Frankfurt’s Christian residents, the city council and the emperor. The valuable artifacts, the literature and the music presented by the museum reveal a common cultural space characterized by intense exchanges.

The Museum Judengasse has a barrier-free access and provides to visually impaired an own audio guide to the exhibition. A series of playful interactive stations and a special catalog invite children to undertake their own explorations of the exhibition. There are guided tours for families and you can have birthday parties and other celebrations for children and young people at the museum. School classes can also book workshops at our Pedagogical Center.

View of the exhibition

catalog

THE JUDENGASSE IN FRANKFURT
History, Politics, Culture
Ed. by Fritz Backhaus, Raphael Gross 
and Sabine Kößling
München: C.H. Beck Verlag, 2016. 
232 pages, numerous illustrations
download introduction (PDF)

Program

Our public guided tours at Museum Judengasse where you can discover one of the most important cultural centers of Jewish life in Europe or at the magnificent Jewish cemetery with more than two thousand gravestones are usually in German. But you can book guided tours for groups in English, French, Italian or Russian (see below).

Hinter den Mauern der Judengasse entwickelte sich eines der Zentren jüdischen Lebens in Europa. Wertvolle Objekte erschließen neue und spannende Einblicke in Literatur, Musik  und eine reiche Bilderwelt. In der Führung wird insbesondere sichtbar, wie überraschend eng die Beziehungen zwischen Juden und Christen im Frankfurt der Frühen Neuzeit waren.

 

Hinter den Mauern der Judengasse entwickelte sich eines der Zentren jüdischen Lebens in Europa. Wertvolle Objekte erschließen neue und spannende Einblicke in Literatur, Musik  und eine reiche Bilderwelt. In der Führung wird insbesondere sichtbar, wie überraschend eng die Beziehungen zwischen Juden und Christen im Frankfurt der Frühen Neuzeit waren.

 

You would like to book a guided tour in English, French, Italian or Russian at Museum Judengasse or the ancient Jewish cemetery?

Please call at our Pedagogical Center at +49 (0)69–212 74237 or write an email: pz-ffm(at)stadt-frankfurt.de

Fees: guided tour for groups: 50 Euro (plus admission fee)
Fees: guided tour for school classes: 3 Euro (each, including admission fee)

Please book at least two weeks in advance. 

“Looted. Destroyed. Scattered” presents the current status of provenance research at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt. It focuses on a number of ceremonial objects that have made their way to the Museum Judengasse by way of the art trade, from private collections or from collections in other museums.

The exhibition follows the trail of objects that were once in the synagogue on Börneplatz, which was destroyed in 1938, and asks about the provenance of the exhibits whose origins we have so far not been able to definitively clarify. These include fragments of Hebrew manuscripts that were stolen in connection with pogroms in the early modern period and were re-used by Christian book binders.

In our 1988 touring exhibition “Was übrig blieb” (What was Left) we addressed the theme of the origins and whereabouts of ceremonial objects and artworks from the collection of the Museum Jüdischer Altertümer (Museum of Jewish Antiquities), which was opened in Frankfurt in 1922 and destroyed in 1938. The Jewish Museum Frankfurt sees itself as the spiritual successor of that museum.

The History of the Museum Jüdischer Altertümer

The Museum Jüdischer Altertümer was inaugurated in 1922 and was one of the first museums of its kind in Germany under the auspices of the Jewish Community in Frankfurt. It developed out of the Gesellschaft zur Erforschung jüdischer Kunstdenkmäler (Society for the Study of Jewish Art Monuments), which had been founded by the Frankfurt patron Charles Hallgarten in 1897. On the Pogrom Night of 1938, the museum was looted and a large part of the collection destroyed. About 1,000 objects found their way into the collection of Frankfurt’s History Museum. Several valuable items turned up on the local art market, others were melted down.

In 1947, on behalf of the murdered Jews of Europe, the Commission on Jewish Cultural Reconstruction (JCR) was set up to search for Jewish cultural valuables for which there were no heirs. Over a period of five years the JCR collected paintings, books and ceremonial objects that had once belonged to German Jews and had been looted by the National Socialists, their helpers’ helpers and German citizens in the years between 1933 and 1945. The Rothschild Palais in Frankfurt and the Offenbach Archival Depot (OAD) served as temporary storehouses for those items of Jewish culture. They were then transported to a safe place and handed over to Jewish organizations in the United States and Israel. Several objects were also handed over to museums in Germany and Austria and preserved by them in memory of the German-Jewish culture of the pre-war era. Only a small number of the ceremonial objects remained with the newly founded Jewish Community in Frankfurt.

The Judaica Collection of the Jewish Museum

Our Judaica Collection contains about 70 objects once owned by Sigmund Nauheim. The collector had left his collection to the Museum Jüdischer Altertümer and it was not taken by the JCR after the end of the war. The objects have also been kept in the History Museum since the end of the war. Our collection also includes another 40 objects from the Frankfurt History Museum that were assigned by decree of the municipality to the Jewish Museum in 1987. They are ceremonial items donated by members of the Jewish Community between the late 19th century and the 1920s to the History Museum, or had been purchased it, as well as several objects that were bought through the art market in the 1950s and 60s. On this basis, we have succeeded in building up a collection of Jewish ceremonial items which is of European significance.

 

Zwischen 1946 und 1949 betrieb die US-Militärregierung in einem Industriekomplex in Offenbach eine Sammelstelle für jüdisches Kulturraubgut. Über drei Millionen Objekte aus allen vormals deutsch besetzten Ländern Europas wurden hier aufbewahrt, identifiziert und rückgeführt oder an Treuhänder übergeben. Anhand der Geschichte dieses temporären Gedächtnisortes, der für kurze Zeit die Überreste der zerstörten europäisch-jüdischen Kulturlandschaft beherbergte, reflektiert der Vortrag die Bedeutung der Rettung von Bibliotheken, Archiven und Ritualgegenständen für die jüdische Existenz nach 1945.

Dr. Elisabeth Gallas ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Leibniz-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur – Simon Dubnow in Leipzig und Autorin der Monografie „Das Leichenhaus der Bücher. Kulturrestitution und jüdisches Geschichtsdenken nach 1945“.

In Kooperation mit dem Fritz Bauer Institut

Eintritt: 5 Euro, ermäßigt: 2,50 Euro

 

Wir begeben uns wieder in die kulinarischen Welten der Judengasse. Neben der Familie Rothschild bilden auch deren Freunde und Verwandte den Rahmen unserer Entdeckungsreise. Schnapper, Hanau, Sichel und Co. – welche Familiennamen tauchen in Rothschilds Stammbaum auf? Wer sind die Familien, von denen wir zumindest ansatzweise wissen, was vor 200 Jahren in ihren Töpfen köchelte?

Zum Dinner servieren wir Frankfurter Lokalkolorit abgeschmeckt mit historisch verbrieften Beigaben. Garniert wird dies mit Geschichten aus dem Leben der Rothschilds und der stets anwesenden Verwandtschaft aus der Judengasse. Wie im Vorjahr konnten wir das gourmet-historisch aufgeschlossene Team von Damoisy für unseren Abend gewinnen. Gereicht wird ein nicht-koscheres Drei-Gänge-Menü, vegetarisch oder mit Rinderschmorbraten als Hauptspeise.

In Kooperation mit Damoisy Catering

Karten sind bis 08. August 2018 im Museum Judengasse erhältlich und enthalten Eintritt, Speisen und Getränke; Reservierungen sind nicht möglich. Tickets: 50 Euro

 

Sommerferien, Sommerlaune! Bei heißen Temperaturen behalten unsere kleinen Besucher im Museum Judengasse einen kühlen Kopf. Beim Rätselraten, Häuserbauen und Zeichnen sind Kreativität und Geschicklichkeit gefragt. Errätst du die Namen der Hauszeichen in der Judengasse oder schaffst du es, das Geheimnis der verborgenen Objekte zu lösen? Ein Nachmittag voller lustiger Spiele und Abenteuer.

Kosten inkl. Material: 6 €. Anmeldung per Email unter kinder.jmf(at)stadt-frankfurt.de. Für erwachsene Begleiter*innen bieten wir parallel eine Führung durch das Museum Judengasse an.

 

You want to celebrate your birthday in the Museum Judengasse?

We offer special program and workshops for children.

Please contact Manfred Levy, Phone: 069/212-70726 or 069/ 212-74237 and via Mail kinder.jmf(at)stadt-frankfurt.de 

contact

JÜDISCHES MUSEUM FRANKFURT

Phone: +49 (0)69 212 35000
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 30705    

info[at]juedischesmuseum.de
www.juedisches museum.de

DR. MIRJAM WENZEL
Director of the Jewish Museum
Phone: +49 (0)69 212 38805

FRITZ BACKHAUS
Deputy Director,
Exhibitions, Events
Phone: +49 (0)69 212 38804
fritz.backhaus(at)stadt-frankfurt.de

MICHAEL LENARZ
Deputy Director, Archives
and Library Department
Phone: +49 (0)69 212 38546
michael.lenarz(at)stadt-frankfurt.de

DANIELA UNGER 
Director's Office / Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0)69 212 38805
daniela.unger(at)stadt-frankfurt.de

CHRISTINE WERN
Office of the Association of Friends
and Supporters of the Jewish Museum
Phone: +49 (0)69 212 34856
wern(at)juedischesmuseum.de
christine.wern(at)stadt-frankfurt.de

Press

Press release and images
from the opening of the museum
Download:
press material (ZIP - 70 MB)

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