The Museum

Museo Ebraico di Roma

The Jewish Museum of Rome, located in the monumental Great Synagogue complex. As you move among the various rooms, the museum tour reconstructs Jewish life in Rome from the time of the earliest recorded settlement in the second century before the Common Era, or BCE.

The Jewish community has been living continuously in Rome for 2,200 years, making it one of the oldest communities outside 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. Le opere esposte nel Museo, risalgono principalmente al periodo del Ghetto (1555-1870) e provengono interamente dal palazzo delle Cinque Scole o Sinagoghe.
The rich collection includes liturgical furnishings, manuscripts, incunabula, historical documents, records and marble sculptures.
Up until 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 room plan was inaugurated in 2005.
The museum exhibition area is 700 square metres and is spread over seven themed rooms. It offers a reconstruction of the life of the Jewish people in Rome and shows how they were able to integrate themselves into the socio-economic structure of the city, yet maintained their own identity.