Situated in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme is a must visit for tourists who are interested to know more about Jewish history and art.
Those who are familiar with the history of Paris will recall that the origin of this museum dates back to 1986 when the then Parisian mayor, Jacques Chiraq, permitted the usage of the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan as a museum of Jewish civilization.
The collection, which had humble beginnings, grew up with the passage of time and due to donations from various quarters with ethnological, art, and historical objects.
This museum highlights the history of Jewish communities in North Africa and Europe, especially France right down from the middle ages to the current era.
Visitors to this museum are bowled over by the huge collection of manuscripts, textiles, and artistic objects. You can easily travel through the different historic periods of Jews in France by browsing through the museum. It also helps educate visitors about several essential concepts and thoughts about the Jewish culture.
Visitors will be enthralled by the fact that the initial collections of this museum date back to the year 1951 and consisted of Jewish cultural artifacts that were looted by the Nazis.