The Bratislava Jewish Community Museum is a project of the Bratislava Jewish community that we envision as part of a long-term strategy to preserve the Heydukova Street Synagogue. In 2008, we began processing the Barkany Judaica collection as part of preparations for the new museum. In 2009 we commissioned the architect Martin Lepej to design the new museum space, and we refurbished the exhibition venue in 2011. We have opened the permanent exhibition in June 2012. In 2013, we added a new space for special exhibitions.
The museum exhibition is installed in the synagogue's disused women's gallery and includes key items from the Judaica collection of the Bratislava Jewish community as well as other objects – some of them associated with the Holocaust – donated by individual community members.
Open to the general public from May 20 until October 9 (except Jewish holidays), the museum serves to integrate the synagogue into educational activities for Bratislava students and teachers and also make it a dynamic part of Bratislava’s tourism infrastructure. The sanctuary and the Holocaust memorial wall in the synagogue complex are also accessible as part of the exhibition.
The exhibition concept reflects the fact that the synagogue is still in use as the only Jewish house of worship in Bratislava. The main "exhibit" is thus the synagogue itself. Visitors are able to explore the sanctuary, and the items of Judaica on display are exhibited within the authentic environment for which they were created – the synagogue.
In addition to the sanctuary, which was left untouched, the exhibition space is about 192 square meters. We have divided the exhibition space into the following sections:
- The Main Hall. Four main themes are presented – Community, Rabbis, Education and Synagogues. In addition, a Holocaust memorial wall presents objects related to the Holocaust, including the deportations, hiding and resistance. The objects have been donated to the exhibition by community members. There is a showcase devoted to objects specifically related to the post-war communist experience and the renaissance of Bratislava Jewish life after the fall of communism.
- Judaica Corridor. Located along the western gallery, this space houses the main objects from the Second Barkany Collection, put together after World War II by the architect Eugen Barkany. They were originally kept in the Bratislava Neolog synagogue that was demolished in 1969.
- The stairway providing access to the exhibition presents a schematic time line of Bratislava Jewish history.
- The Arcade. An exhibition space is reserved for special exhibitions.
- Gallery. An exhibition space is reserved for special exhibitions.
The Jewish Community Museum was established with the financial support
of the following organizations and individuals:
Sivor and Bar families from Israel – in the memory of the Suchostawer family from Bratislava
The Government Office of the Slovak Republic
Bratislava Self-Governing Region
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bratislava
National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism, Vienna
Austrian Cultural Forum, Bratislava
The Cahnman Foundation
The David Berg Foundation
The Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund
Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe
Jewish Heritage Foundation – Menorah
Council for the Compensation of Holocaust Victims in the Slovak Republic
The Federation of Jewish Communities in Slovakia
B'nai B'rith Tolerancia
Ton Slovakia, s.r.o.
J. J. Bernfeld, Amsterdam
Linda and Maros Borsky
Esther and Chanoch Derzavich, Israel
Judita and Tomas Farber
Kristina and Martin Guttmann
Vivian and David Hercky, Israel
Jana and Jan Palencar
Petra and Igor Rintel
Lucia and Radovan Strapko
Daniela and Ivan Vesel, Zürich
Heydukova 11-13, Bratislava
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
May 21 - October 8
except Jewish holidays
Jewish Community Museum
Kozia 18, 814 47 Bratislava