The Prague Jewish Museum
It may surprise you to know that the Prague Jewish Museum is not actually a single place. It’s a collection of Jewish sites that includes the Pinkas Synagogue, Maisel Synagogue, Klausen Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, Ceremonial Hall and the Robert Guttmann Gallery. Not technically part of the Prague Jewish Museum but here you can also buy a ticket to get access to the Orthodox Old/New Synagogue.
The main building for tourists will be the Maisel Synagogue in Maiselova. Although not one of the grand Jewish sites in the city, it hosts the main information and ticket centre so it’s the place people will usually come for general information and tickets to exhibitions. The original Synagogue was from 1592, rebuilt in 1689 and reconstructed into it’s present form in 1905 during the Destruction of the Jewish Ghetto. It was closed for many years during the Second World War and the Communist era. The actual administrative centre of the Prague Jewish Museum is the Spanish Synagogue.
Tour Tip: If you are self-guiding then entry to the Jewish Museum sites is part of the “Cool Pass” i.e. the Prague City Card also known as the Prague Card.
You can order online by going to the Prague Jewish Museum website e-shop http://www.jewishmuseum.cz/en/e-shop-en/ but you’ll still need to queue when you get here to collect the ticket so I suggest you use the link only to see current prices, discounts and restrictions. The sites only accept entry with an official ticket (pictured) so it’s best if you buy when you get here and you’ll have a choice of three ticket options (Note: selected museum memberships have free entry to all sites). The ticket is VALID FOR SEVEN DAYS but you can enter each site once. Check the Skip the Line Tips and Tricks post for tips on avoiding queues.
Old/New: Is the cheapest ticket but gives access only to the Orthodox Old/New Synagogue. Adult Price CZK220. NOTE: closure time on Fridays is 1 hour before dusk so in winter this can be as early as 3pm.
Jewish Museum in Prague: Gives access to Pinkas Synagogue, Old Jewish Cemetery, Maisel Synagogue, Klausen Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, Ceremonial Hall and the Robert Guttmann Gallery. It does NOT give access to the Old/New Synagogue. Adult Price CZK350. FREE if done using the Prague Card and 50% off if you present a Litacka Card.
Prague Jewish Town: Gives access to Pinkas Synagogue, Old Jewish Cemetery, Maisel Synagogue, Klausen Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, Ceremonial Hall and the Robert Guttmann Gallery and the Old/New Synagogue. Adult Price CZK500.
Note the ticket pictured. It shows the validity period at the top but it does not warn about “closure” days. Depending on the type of ticket chosen it will show VALID or NOT VALID per site so in this case the ticket shows the “Jewish Museum in Prague” i.e. no access to the Old/New Synagogue. It also shows the closing times for that season.
Children under six are free and there is a discount for student/family but not for seniors. There is a group restriction. NOTE that there are photo/video restrictions and a separate charge. The Old Jewish part of Prague is explored in my Old Town and Jewish Quarter Walking Tour.
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