Currently in progress at
Jewish Museum of Rome
1849 – 1871
Ebrei di Roma tra segregazione ed emancipazione
(Jewish Museum of Rome)
By Francesco Leone and Giorgia Calò
november 10th 2021 – may 27th 2022
Discover the new Virtual Tour of the Jewish Museum of Rome
The Jewish Museum of Rome is located in the Great Synagogue monumental complex. Walking across the different rooms you can see a reconstruction of Jewish life in Rome since the earliest settlement in the second century before the Common Era.
The Jewish community has been living continuously in Rome for 2,200 years, making it one of the oldest communities outside of Israel. The exhibits on display in the museum date back principally to the ghetto period (1555-1870) and all come from the original ‘Five Synagogues’ building.
The rich collection includes liturgical furnishings, manuscripts, incunabula, historical documents, records and marble works.
Since 1960, the museum displayed its treasures in a single room, but the study and cataloguing of all the works required a larger display area. The new exhibit was inaugurated in 2005.
The museum covers an area of 700 square meters and unfolds through seven rooms with different themes. It offers a reconstruction of the Jewish people life in Rome and shows us how they managed to integrate into the socio-economic structure of the city, while they maintained their own identity.
The jewish quarter
n 1555 Pope Paul IV established the ghetto, a run-down district where Jews were forced to live apart from the rest of the population…
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The Ancient Marbles Gallery is a suggestive space where the marbles, of the utmost importance for the history of the Jewish Community of Rome and dating back to the XVI-XIX centuries, are collected. Some of them remember the legacies of wealthy families, others...
Renaissance velvets decorated with gold threads, embroideries and lace of the Baroque age, French eighteenth-century lampas: a world of grace and richness that has come down to us from the age of the ghetto. The museum has about 900 fabrics, some of which are...
Tombstones casts from Rome catacombs and from Ostia Antica synagogue, Middle Age manuscripts, plants of the city characterize this room in which the uninterrupted presence of the Jews in Rome, for over two thousand years, is visually reconstructed.
For schools or groups of people who want to access the Museum and Synagogues through a private tour, reservation is required. For individual visitors booking is not compulsory, but required only if you wish to visit the Museum and the Synagogue with a private tour. The Jewish Museum organizes two daily tours of the Jewish Quarter: the tour in English takes place at 1.30pm and the tour in Italian at 3.00pm. Visits can be booked on our website site, up to 30 minutes before the tour starts at Museum ticket hall.