Oslo Jewish Museum

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Oslo Jewish Museum
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Jewish Museum in Oslo opened in 2008 in what used to be a synagogue in Calmeyers gate 15b. In the years 1921-1942 the synagogue was an integral part of Jewish life in this part of Oslo. The museum presents the history of the Jews in Norway from the middle of the 19th century up until the present. Where did the Jewish immigrants come from? How did they settle and live their lives in the Christian, Norwegian society? What is Jewish life like in Norway today? In conjunction with a permanent exhibition, the museum will also offer temporal exhibits and various cultural activities.
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Address
How to get there
  • Grønland • 6 min walk
  • Jernbanetorget • 8 min walk

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Mark W
Boca Raton, FL2,688 contributions
Small Local Jewish Museum
Sep. 2019 • Couples
Housed in one of Oslo’s two synagogues from the early Twentieth Century, there are three exhibits. In the courtyard, covering the outside walls is a display on Norwegian Jewish athletes. Although the post-World War II Jewish population has been under 1000, quite a number have apparently been prominent athletes, in golf, hockey, soccer football, boxing, and skiing.

Inside, a detailed exhibit depicts the Norwegian Jews in the Holocaust. A number were taken by the Nazi troops that invaded Norway in 1940, shipped to concentration camps, where most were killed by the Nazis - only a small number returned.

Some fought in the Norwegian resistance, indeed a higher proportion than among non-Jewish Norwegians. Many were smuggled to neutral Sweden, and returned after the war. Some managed to stay hidden during the war. Both those who escaped to Sweden and those who remained hidden did so with the help of courageous non-Jews who are celebrated by name, with details of their heroic exploits.

The third section is an elementary introduction to the Jewish religious holiday cycle. Holocaust education is part of the regular school curriculum and Norwegian students visit the museum as part of their study.
Written 22 September 2019
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298rha
Austin, TX48 contributions
Small but moving museum in the heart of what once was a Jewishly populated part of Oslo.
Mar. 2019 • Family
The Jewish Museum in Oslo is sort of hidden away but well worth visiting. The Norwegian Jewish population was small even before the Holocaust but contributed to the life of the city way above its size. The Museum documents the fate of families, some of them who lived just yards away from the museum itself. Evocative snapshots and portraits, accounts of Jewish participation in the resistance, and all placards and such are in English as well as Norwegian. Very much worth visiting
Written 13 April 2019
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qwertytop614
Northampton, MA41 contributions
Informative and enriching
Dec. 2018 • Solo
***notes: 1) you have to ring the bell to be let in, there’s a locked gate at the entrance ; 2) the hours are Tues: 10am-3pm, Thurs: 2-7pm, and Sun. 11am-4pm ; 3) Price for Adults- 50 krones, Children/Student- 40 krones

Upon reading others’ reviews of the Oslo Jewish Museum, I went. I was not disappointed and spent an hour reading all of the displays. I think this, “Remember is unto life- Jews in Norway 1940-45,” might be a temporary exhibit, but I found it extremely interesting and touching. It told stories and had photos and items of Jewish families in Norway during WWII, many of whom were deported and died. There were also videos with commentaries that I didn’t watch.
There was also a part that had the Jewish Holy Days and a brief description of what they were in English (more detail in Norwegian). I enjoyed reading about these as well.

I would highly recommend this museum!!!
Written 20 December 2018
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62Kathy52
Melbourne, Australia156 contributions
Worth a visit
Sep. 2018
This is a very interesting but sad display of Norwegian Jews who lost their lives and courageous ones who took 1000 to safety in Sweden
Written 12 September 2018
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SmithyMJ
Saffron Walden, UK65 contributions
Small but packed with interesting information
Sep. 2018 • Couples
Definitely worth a visit, we went with our Oslo passes. I did find it very strange that the entrance is through a secure key-entry iron gate. We spent more time here than in the Viking museum as the quality of the information was great. Very interesting to hear stories from brave individuals who survived the wrath of Nazi Germany, it's important that these accounts live on in history. Although not religious myself it was also very interesting to learn more about the faith.
Written 7 September 2018
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Ariel B
New York City, NY34 contributions
Oslo Jewish Museum in Norway
Jul. 2018 • Solo
If you are in Oslo do not miss this museum. It’s small but mighty and beautiful! The Jewish history of Oslo is depicted here and the whole world should know how they survived the Holocaust even though few returned to Oslo. The history coupled with the Jewish traditions of each season is a wonderful place to learn whether you are Jewish or not. Don’t miss this beautiful tribute to the Jewish community of Oslo, Norway!
Written 6 August 2018
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SootyShearwater
Oslo, Norway169 contributions
Definitely worth the Visit
Mar. 2018 • Solo
I’m not sure what I expected from my visit to the Oslo Jewish Museum, but I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered a simple yet dignified museum rich with history and tradition.
The actual museum was one room in two parts.
The first part told of the plight of the Norwegian Jews during the Nazi occupation in the 1940s. The exhibits contained relics from family life and the trials of escape, arrest and internment.
The second part of the museum tells the broader story of the Jews explaining their history, beliefs, holidays and traditions.
I found both sections very informative and complimentary. Jewish history is so rich and fascinating and this museum does a good job of capturing the local Jewish history and illustrating the broader tradition.
The location was well kept and staff was very friendly. It does not take long to go through the exhibits, which are nicely done and informative, but the time you do use is well spent.
Written 13 March 2018
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Sheen1968
Stockport, UK72 contributions
Well worth a visit, especially if you have the Oslo Pass
Dec. 2017 • Family
This was a very interesting place. If I'm honest, I hadn't known about how badly the Norwegians treated their Jewish citizens during the war - this was very unexpected. It was very sobering, as these places tend to be.
We had a tablet with highlights of the museum in English. Most of the information was in Norwegian, so I did feel we missed out on a lot of the individual life stories, which was a bit of a shame. However I'm still pleased we went. Entry is free if an Oslo Pass is bought.
Written 4 March 2018
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Meriwell
London, UK221 contributions
Moving
Oct. 2017 • Solo
This small museum offers an intimate portrait of Norwegian Jews during WW11. It's rare that a museum dealing with this subject offers such an intimate view of personal experiences. Learning about the rescue of over 1000 Jews was a moving reminder that a glimmer of light can shine through in the darkest of time. Well worth a visit for insight into a little know story.
Written 5 October 2017
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asocrates
Barnstaple, UK169 contributions
Nice bit of Jewish history
Sep. 2017 • Family
Lots of useful history with pictures and descriptions of the persecution of Jews during world war 2. Not as harrowing as the Terror Museum in Budapest but it shows that Jews all over Europe suffered under the Nazis and their allies.
Written 16 September 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions about Oslo Jewish Museum

Oslo Jewish Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Thu - Thu 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm