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Jüdisches Museum Hohenems (c) Dietmar Walser / Jüdisches Museum

Jewish Museum Hohenems

For more than 25 years, the Jewish Museum Hohenems has collected examples of Jewish history in Vorarlberg and the Lake Constance area

The Jewish Museum Hohenems first opened at the Villa Heimann-Rosenthal in the centre of the old Jewish quarter in April of 1991. The permanent exhibition “From the Middle Ages to the Present” was completely redone in 2007 and presents interesting stories and anecdotes from the lives of the local Jewish people.

The exhibition focuses on people, with all their contradictions, subjective experiences, life plans, and customs. One such individual is Salomon Sulzer, the founder of modern synagogue music, but also hawkers and innkeepers, rabbis and teachers, salesmen and manufacturers, or people like the Rosenthal family, who built the house in which the museum is now housed in 1864. Modern audio guides and video stations make “the inside story” accessible for the first time.

Dedicated children’s exhibition
This exhibition is available in German, English and French for an international audience. The dedicated children’s exhibition by Monika Helfer and Barbara Steinitz enables insights into history for a young audience and is the starting point for a dialogue between the generations.

Jüdisches Museum Hohenems (c) Dietmar Walser / Jüdisches Museum
Jüdisches Viertel mit Jüdischem Museum Hohenems (c) Dietmar Walser, 2007

The Villa Heimann-Rosenthal, constructed in 1864, has been the site of the Jewish Museum in the former Jewish quarter of Hohenems since 1991

Current special exhibition

“Am Rand. Zusammen leben in der Untergass'”
17 October 2021 until 18 April 2022

The Jewish Quarter in Hohenems has been receiving increasing public attention since 1991. Many buildings have been renovated and lovingly restored, in large part in close cooperation with the monuments protection authorities. This urban development has had a strong impact on the entire Hohenems center, especially on the neighboring former “Christengasse.” By now, the ensemble of the former “Judengasse” and “Christengasse” is considered unique.

By contrast, the busy road leading northward from the center still ekes out an existence on the fringes. Here, too, numerous Jewish families settled in the 19th century following legislation that allowed Jews to purchase real estate outside the “Judengasse.” Here, on the “Untergasse,” as the street was called before it was renamed Radetzkystraße, a new form of coexistence emerged in the first half of the 19th century. Mainly Jewish families on the social fringes of the Jewish community lived here together, peddlers and simple tradesmen, brandy producers and craftsmen.

Many of the houses on this street where Jews and Christians lived alternatingly or even at the same time are still extant today. With this exhibition, the Jewish Museum will accompany this process with historical documentation of the buildings’ and residents’ stories.

 

Jewish Museum Hohenems

  • Address/Contact
    Villa Heimann-Rosenthal
    Schweizer Straße 5, A-6845 Hohenems
    Tel. 0043 5576/73989-0
    office@jm-hohenems.at

  • Opening times
    Office:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10 am – 5 pm

    Museum and café:
    Tuesday to Sunday and on holidays from 10 am – 5 pm

  • Entry
    Adults: €8.00/ Discounted: €5.00
    for school kids, apprentices, students, seniors, people with disabilities, civil servants, Ö1 Club members, those with the aha card, the EYCA youth card, the Vorarlberg family pass and for groups larger than 15

    Free entry: for children and young adults until the age of 19, for holders of a V-CARD (one time), ICOM members

    • Jüdisches Museum Hohenems

      Jewish Museum Hohenems

      The Jewish Museum is based in the Villa Heimann-Rosenthal, a historic location built during…

      Jewish Museum Hohenems
      Street: Schweizer Strasse 5
      Place: 6845 Hohenems
      Phone: +43 5576 739890
      Fax: +43 5576 77793
      E-Mail: office@jm-hohenems.at

      Jewish Museum Hohenems

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      The Jewish Museum is based in the Villa Heimann-Rosenthal, a historic location built during the “Gründerzeit” period of the mid to late 19th century. Thanks to the careful renovation and preservation of this upper-class dwelling, together with the subtle, tasteful presentation of documents and showpieces, visitors are whisked away to a different era. The Jewish Museum is part of Hohenems’ Jewish Quarter, where the surviving buildings date from the late…

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