The Museum of Jewish History in the Middle AgesThe Jewish Museum is located in Judenplatz, Jewish Square. The Jewish Square has always been a central place for the Jews of Vienna and today is the symbol that connects the heritage of the Jews of Vienna from the past, to the present and the future.
The Jewish Museum opened in 2000 with the aim of commemorating the Jews of Vienna who perished in the Holocaust and the anti-Semitic events that have been afflicted on the Jews in Vienna since 1938. The museum is built of different layers dealing with the Jewish history of Vienna in the Middle Ages.
In the lower basement, for example, you can see the remains of the ancient medieval synagogue. These are remnants of the synagogue that once stood here, before it was destroyed in the fire of 1421. Alongside them there are exhibits that reflect the way of life, culture and society of the Jews in Vienna. It is important to know that before the Nazi occupation there was a large and influential Jewish community in the city.
To summarize the experience, you can also see here a film about Jewish life in the present period - a fascinating film worth watching.
The museum also has a database of all the Jewish victims who died between 1938 and 1945.
May they rest in peace.
TipsEntrance is free for children up to the age of 14.
On Saturdays the museum is closed.