Fodor's Expert Review Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme

The Marais House/Mansion/Villa

This excellent museum traces the tempestuous history of French and European Jews through art and history. Housed in the refined 17th-century Hôtel St-Aignan, exhibits have good explanatory texts in English, but the free English audioguide adds another layer of insight; guided tours in English are also available on request (€4 extra). Highlights include 13th-century tombstones excavated in Paris; a wooden model of a destroyed Eastern European synagogue; a roomful of early paintings by Marc Chagall; and Christian Boltanski's stark, two-part tribute to Shoah (Holocaust) victims in the form of plaques on an outer wall naming the (mainly Jewish) inhabitants of the Hôtel St-Aignan in 1939, and canvas hangings with the personal data of the 13 residents who were deported and died in concentration camps. The rear-facing windows offer a view of the Jardin Anne Frank. To visit it, use the entrance on Impasse Berthaud, off Rue Beaubourg, just north of Rue Rambuteau.

House/Mansion/Villa Museum/Gallery Historic District/Site

Quick Facts

71 rue du Temple
Paris, Île-de-France  75003, France

-01–53–01–86–53

www.mahj.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €8; €10 with temporary exhibitions, €10 with temporary exhibitions, Closed Mon.

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