Jewish History Museum
- Type: Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Bucharest possessed a thriving Jewish community of 40,000 plus at the beginning of the 20th century. But most fled the region after brutal treatment in communist and fascist regimes. Now the Muzeul de Istorie al Comunitatilor Evreiesti din România, or Jewish History Museum, which is housed in the Great Synagogue, acts as both a somber memorial and an enriching preservation of the past. The beautiful synagogue, constructed in heart of the city in 1850, houses this collection of Jewish artifacts. Recent visitors say the artistry and craftsmanship of the museum's works demonstrate the tragic loss of creative capital over the century. You should especially pay attention to the beautifully illustrated books and paintings that date back several centuries.
Visiting the museum between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on any day is free. You'll find more details and historical information on The Romanian Jewish Community's website.