London’s Jewish Museum is getting ready to re-open following a £10 million transformation. I took a look around the building this morning, as the builders and curators put finishing touches to the displays.
Located in Camden, the revamped museum will be great for school groups, families, and anyone that wants to find out more about Jewish culture in London. Highlights of the permanent exhibition include:
- a Medieval mikveh (Jewish ritual bath) built into the floor
- the stories of Jewish people in Britain today, from a marathon-running grandmother to a smoked salmon producer
- a grand 17th-century ark made from carved wood, which was used to hold torah scrolls in a synagogue
- a recreation of a family table set for Sabbath dinner, complete with sound effects and the smell of chicken soup
- a section on Yiddish theatre, including an opportunity to dress up and try Yiddish theatre karaoke
- a room dedicated to the memories of a holocaust survivor
Temporary exhibitions and special events such as music, performance, comedy and film will kick off shortly after the opening. There’s also a café, gift shop and 100-seat auditorium.
The ground floor gallery is free to visit, including the mikveh bath and stories of contemporary Jewish people in Britain. You’ll need to buy a ticket (£7, concessions available) to if you want to explore the rest of the museum.
The Jewish Museum opens on 17 March