Dansk-jødisk museum

  • Danish-Jewish Museum


Proviantpassagen 6
København K
Capital Region


+45 (0)33 11 22 18


Stokholm Banke


The Danish Jewish Museum was inaugurated on 8 June 2004 in the presence of Queen Margrethe, former Minister of Culture Brian Mikkelsen, former Mayor of Culture and Leisure Martin Geertsen, the Municipality of Copenhagen, the museum's board, Daniel and Ninna Libeskind, Studio Daniel Libeskind, representatives from the supporting foundations and others who had carried the museum forward. The museum received great reviews in both the national and international press and was able to begin life as a proper museum with opening hours, staff, research, collection work and fundraising for the museum's operation.

The opening of the museum was the culmination of many years of work. The initiative for the museum arose from a group of private individuals who were involved in various ways in a series of exhibitions that were shown in Copenhagen in 1984 on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the Mosaic Faith Community. Several of these were involved in the Society for Danish Jewish History, which at the time was the only organizational framework for work with Danish Jewish history. The Art Association Gammel Strand showed the exhibition Within the walls. Jewish art and culture in Denmark. An exhibition about Jewish life was shown at Copenhagen City Hall You must tell your children. The special exhibition Kings and Citizens celebrated the Jubilee of the Faith Society in the United States. From this work arose the idea to establish a Jewish museum in Copenhagen, so that the public had a permanent opportunity to encounter Jewish culture in Denmark.

The museum was anchored in a commercial foundation that was founded in 1985 with Hans Weinberger as the museum's first board chairman. The museum has since had its own board and has been an independent institution. The museum was state-recognised from 1 January 2011, and the Danish Jewish cultural heritage thereby became part of Denmark's cultural heritage. The museum manages this special part of Denmark's cultural heritage, is subject to the Act on Museums in Denmark and has the Cultural Heritage Agency as the supervisory authority.

Since its early beginnings in 1985, the museum has received support and help from countless individuals and foundations. In addition, the Mosaic Faith Society has made a significant donation to the museum's collection, which was transferred to the museum's ownership upon state recognition on 1 January 2011. Part of this donation can be seen in the museum's exhibition.

In 2007, the museum launched an extensive research and dissemination project on the wartime experiences of Danish Jews from 1943-1945. The special exhibition HJEM, which opened in October 2013, is the end of this project.

Mandates/Sources of Authority

The museum's area of ​​responsibility is Danish Jewish cultural history in Denmark, mainly in the period after the year 1600 until today.



Archival and Other Holdings

The collection of objects for the Danish Jewish Museum has been going on since 1985, when the Foundation for the Danish Jewish Museum was established. The museum's collection has grown steadily since then and today contains several thousand objects. The main part of the collection consists of objects and photos, while the remaining part consists of works of art as well as archive funds, film recordings, sound recordings etc. Read more...

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Opening Times

September - May: Tuesday - Friday: 13 - 16 Saturday - Sunday: 12 - 17 Monday closed

June - August: Tuesday - Sunday: 10-17 Monday closed

Conditions of Access

If you want access to study collection materials, please first search for the materials that you would like access to study. The museum is then contacted with the registration numbers of the materials that you wish to study in more detail.

Applicants who want access to the collection are asked to inform the museum of the purpose of their application.


The Danish Jewish Museum is a small museum designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. The building is therefore an experience in itself, with sloping floors and sloping interrupted walls. You should be prepared for the fact that the building itself poses accessibility challenges for both wheelchair users and visually impaired/blind people. In addition to the exhibition, there is a small museum shop which also serves as a school service. Accessibility is generally good - also for wheelchair users

Research Services

Inquiries should be directed to museum inspector Signe Bergman Larsen via email to sbl@jewmus.dk or on tel. 91 23 07 21

Reproduction Services

It is possible to have scans and copies made of archives in the Danish Jewish Museum's collection by prior agreement.

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