Bratislava Jewish Community Museum

The Jewish Community Museum focuses on the history and culture of the Jewish community of Bratislava and its surrounding region. The museum’s permanent exhibition, The Jews of Bratislava and Their Heritage, is installed on the upper floor of the synagogue, which is still used as an active house of Jewish worship. A special exhibition, Treasures of the Jewish Museum in Prešov III, is an annual exhibition for 2021. The museum is open during the summer tourist season.

Bratislava is also home to a separate Museum of Jewish Culture, which is a branch of the state-run Slovak National Museum.

Jewish Community Museum

Bratislava Synagogue

The Heydukova Street Synagogue is the only remaining synagogue in Bratislava. Constructed in 1923-1926, it is a Cubist building designed by the Bratislava-based Jewish architect Artur Szalatnai-Slatinsky. The synagogue is owned and used by the Jewish community of Bratislava; it is a listed monument, and a valuable example of Slovak interwar architecture. Visitors may also view its restored interior while visiting the museum.

Bratislava Synagogue

Twenty Years of the Chatam Sofer Memorial

The special exhibition commemorates the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of this major Jewish site in Bratislava. The compound was constructed in 2000-2002 and includes a remnant of the Old Jewish Cemetery first used in the 17th century and destroyed in 1943/1944. Only a small group of prominent rabbis’ graves survived, including that of the Chatam Sofer (1762-1839), a major rabbinic authority in the first third of the 19th century. His grave remains an important site for Orthodox pilgrims from around the world, and is among the most important Jewish sites in Europe. We present the history and cultural context of the site in various periods, including unique historical photographs and exclusive documentation from the site’s construction. In order to convey the atmosphere of a Jewish pilgrimage, we exhibit a photographic project by the leading Slovak reporter and photographer Andrej Bán. He is a sensitive observer and documentarian of human stories and places, both in Slovakia and abroad.

The exhibition begins on June 10, 2022.

Twenty Years of the Chatam Sofer Memorial
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Location

Heydukova 11-13, Bratislava
48°8'49.00"N, 17°6'43.50"E

Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

June 10 - October 9, 2022
closed on August 7
and September 25


Contact us

Jewish Community Museum
Kozia 18, 814 47 Bratislava
+421-2-5441 6949
synagogue.sk@gmail.com