Thursday, 26 May 2011

The Jewish Museum Paris

The Jewish museum of Paris is located in the Marais, for those of you who don’t already know this is historically the Jewish district, which is now shared by the very trendy (and apparently rich judging from the property cost) gays.
Tucked around the corner from the Rue Rambuteau, the museum makes very little impact on the typically narrow street of this district.
bonus prize if you can spot my bicycle in the picture
This museums street frontage is however deceiving because as soon as you pass the complicated security entrance you enter into a large sun-kissed courtyard.

The Museum is actually quiet large and in the space of an hour and a half I managed to see about three quarters of the exhibition. Also a rarity in Parisian museums is the free coat check and hand held audio guide I received with my free entry ticket, but also the NO photography allowed, even with flash off.
Once again the Architecture of this building is slick and the old building as been beautifully adapted to suit its current purpose. The exhibition flow through a seamless sequence of spaces which are wonderfully varied and don’t dominate the enjoyment of the exhibition. The exhibition itself is a mix between artefacts and history. I over all enjoyed this topic that had previously been limited to Sex and the City episodes with Harry and South park. The temporary exhibition of Chagall and the Bible might also be worth a separate visit.

The bicycle parking right outside the door was a big plus.

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