History of the Museum

The Danish Jewish Museum was opened on June 8, 2004 in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen Margrethe, the former Minister of cultural affairs Brian Mikkelsen, the former Mayor of culture and leisure Martin Geertsen, The municipality of Copenhagen, the museum's board of directors, Daniel og Ninna Libeskind, Studio Daniel Libeskind, representatives from the supporting funds and others who have supported the museum.

The museum received great reviews both in the national as well as the international press and could start functioning as an actual museum with opening hours, staff, research, establishment of the collection and fundraising.

The opening of the museum was the culmination of many years of work. The museum opened on the initiative of a group of private persons who were all involved in a series of exhibitions which were shown in Copenhagen in 1984 on the occasion of the 300 year anniversary of the Jewish Community in Denmark. Some of the initiaters were involved in The Society of Danish Jewish History.
The art association "Gammel Strand" showed the exhibition "Inside the Walls"- Jewish art and culture in Denmark. In the city hall of Copenhagen the exhibition "You have to tell it to your children" about Jewish life was shown. And the special exhibition "Kings and Citizens" celebrated the Jewish Community's anniversary in the United States. From this work the idea of the establishment of a Jewish Museum in Copenhagen evolved in order to offer a permanent possibility of meeting Jewish culture in Denmark.

The museum was embedded in a commercial foundation founded in 1985 with Hans Weinberger as the museum's first chairman. Since then the museum has had its own board of directors as an independent institution. The museum has been state-authorized from January 1, 2011 and the Danish Jewish cultural heritage hereby became a part of Denmark's cultural heritage. The museum administers this special part of the Danish cultural heritage, is placed under the law of the museums in Denmark and is supervised by The Danish Agency for Culture.

Since the first tentative beginnings in 1985 the museum has received support and help from a great amount of people and funds. Besides from that the Jewish community in Denmark has donated a significant amount of material to the museum collection which with the state recognition January 1, 2011 was passed on to the museum. Part of this donation is exhibited in the museum's permanent exhibition.  

In 2007 the museum initiated an extensive research and communication project on the Danish Jews' wartime experiences from 1943 to 1945. The special exbibition HOME which opened in 2013 is the culmination of this project. 

Space and spaciousness

- an exhibition about Jews in Denmark

The exhibition is a broad story of Jewish life in Denmark and focuses on co-exixstence and indentity through 400 years. Read more...

Openings hours

September - May:
Tuesday - Friday: 13 - 16
Saturday - Sunday: 12 - 17
Monday closed

June - August
Tuesday - Sunday: 10-17
Monday closed