Copenhagen – The Danish Jewish Museum

Visiting Copenhagen in August this year was a great idea. We flew there at the end of summer, just in time to catch a little bit of nice weather and forgot about places crowded with tourists. Even though at the moment Copenhagen looks like a one big building site and you can easily get lost, this town has so much to offer – you can visit Folketing – Danish parliament for free on Sunday (do come by 10.30 a.m. to collect your ticket), climb 400 steps on Vor Frelsers Kirke to see Copenhagen from above, find yourself in Christiana – the famous hippie-style part of Copenhagen and become a child again in Tivoli.

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Freetown Christiania

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Vor Frelserskirke – 400 steps to climb
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Inside Danish Parliament
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Tivoli

Whenever we plan on visiting big towns like Berlin, Amsterdam or Copenhagen I always check to see if they offer any city cards. They are quite useful if you plan a lot of sightseeing – as we were spending 5 days in Danish capital, the Copenhagen card was ideal solution for us. I would advise – always do your maths before traveling. If you know how much things cost and how you can save, you can travel longer and cheaper! Simple as that.

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One of the places on the list with Copenhagen card was Dansk Jødisk Museum – The Danish Jewish Museum. The place is shaped in the form of the Hebrew word ‘mitzvah’ – the walls, floors and ceiling are making you quite disoriented and lost, even though the museum is rather small.

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Inside museum
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Carefully bend walls

Daniel Lieskind is an architect who came up with this unusual idea. If you wish to, you can watch a short movie introducing him and his concept before going inside.

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Amazing inside architecture

There is not really any order for the displays, so you can freely wander around, without worrying about chronology. The only minus is that the display windows are rather small and they are not located very convenient – sometimes too low.

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Torah scroll

We were lucky enough to visit in time for another exhibition – Home – A special exhibition about the effects of war and persecution, which is open until the end of November 2014. So if you are in Copenhagen within next few weeks – this is something you might consider doing if you are interested in Jewish history in Denmark.  

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The effects of war and persecution exhibition

This exhibition has been divided into three circles – Welcome Home, Return to Everyday Life and Afterlife. Although the main museum with its amazing inside is quite interesting, this exhibition has much stronger effect on people. In the museum the architecture is its strong point and this is what people very often focus on. The exhibition however was built differently – circles outside were white and the bright exteriors depict the world famous story of the Danish Jews rescue and survival, the darker interiors of the circle showed the lesser known repercussions the action taken against the Jews in October 1943 had for many of them.

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Dark inside
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White outside

I have seen many museums in my life so I am always after something unusual and different. If you are like me, do visit this museum. I promise, you will not be disappointed, even if you are not interested in Jewish history.

Danish Jewish Museum

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