Cities & Culture

Jewish Culture Museum and Synagogue Augsburg

The museum is home to exhibitions on the history of the Jewish community in Augsburg and the rural Bavarian Swabia region as well as religious and cultural artefacts.

The west wing of Augsburg Synagogue, which was built between 1914 and 1917, looks back at the rich culture and turbulent history of the Jewish people in Augsburg and Swabia from the Middle Ages to the present day. Back in 1985, the first independent Jewish Museum in the Federal Republic of Germany was officially opened at this site. Objects used in cults and rituals between the 17th and 20th centuries are at the heart of the collection. And most of the silver artefacts on display once belonged to the defunct Jewish communities of Swabia. Having been produced by well-known goldsmiths in Augsburg, they reveal astonishing links between Jewish and Christian culture.

Throughout the exhibition, the history of the Jews in Augsburg is presented as one marked by migration as the result of settlement and displacement, of searching and finding. The loss of a place to call home is also one of the major issues dealt with. Jewish history is clearly intertwined with the history of Augsburg and of Swabia as a whole. Opening times: Tuesday to Thursday: 9 am–6 pm, Friday: 9 am–4 pm, Sunday: 10 am–5 pm

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