Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives
Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian Jewish Museum is located in the heart of Budapest, in the Historical Jewish quarter, within the building complex of the Dohány Street Synagogue that was built in 1859. The idea of an independent exhibition arose during the 1896 millennial celebrations for the first time, when the Jewish religion was accepted as one of the historic religions of Hungary. The first home of the collection made up of approximately 1,500 artefacts was an apartment downtown Budapest. The Jewish Museum found its final home in 1932 at the building designed by László Vágó and Ferenc Faragó, which was constructed next to the Dohány street synagogue in a matching architectural style. In 1942 two employees of the Hungarian National Museum hid the valuable artefacts of the Jewish Museum in the cellar. Thanks to their bravery the entire rich collection exists today.

The current collection of the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives is a combination of Judaica objects, artefacts and archives including the most comprehensive Jewish community archives of Europe. Its most unusual objects include a pair of Rimon from 1602 made of copper. The Rimonim are characterised by Ottoman-Turkish coppersmith work, presumably originated from Sephardic Jews. Another extraordinary object of our collection is a gravestone that is originated from the age of the Roman Empire. It is the oldest piece of memory of the Hungarian Jewish community.

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