Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme | Exhibition

The Trials and Tribulations of Erwin Blumenfeld, 1930-1950

from 13 October 2022 to 05 March 2023

Hôtel de Saint-Aignan - 71 rue du Temple - 75003 Paris

Le Marais - 3e Arrondissement

Le visuel propose une photo en noir et blanc d'Erwin Blumenfeld (Double autoportrait à la Linhoff, Paris, 1938) montrant le visage de l'artiste, séparé en 2 parties, avec un appareil photo au milieu.


With the exhibition The Trials and Tribulations of Erwin Blumenfeld, 1930-1950, the Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme casts light on the career of the famous photographer Erwin Blumenfeld between Europe and the United States.

Erwin Blumenfeld began working as a professional photographer in the Netherlands in the 1930s, before moving to Paris in 1936, where he exhibited and published his work before obtaining a contract with the magazine Vogue shortly afterwards. The Second World War interrupted the work of the artist and he was interned in camps in France. In 1941, he succeeded in emigrating to the United States where he was successful taking up his contract again with Vogue and working for renowned magazines like Look, Life, and Cosmopolitan.

In the course of the exhibition, visitors will discover the life and work of the artist through 180 or so photographs, some of which are presented for the first time to the public. Show runs from 13 October 2022 to 5 March 2023.


All public

Prices and times

From 11am to 6pm. From 11am to 9pm on Wednesday. From 10am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed on Monday.

From €5.50 to €10.50. Advance booking is strongly recommended, including for free tickets.

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard
  • JCB card
  • Diners Club
  • Chèque Vacances

Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme

France is home to the third largest Jewish community in the world, after Israel and the United States. The presence of the Jewish people goes back more than 2,000 years. This is one of the many reasons that will make you want to explore the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme (mahJ). Located in the Marais in Paris - a neighbourhood where Jewish people already lived in the Middle Ages - it presents one of the finest collections in the world of objects of worship and art works in the majestic setting of a 17th-century mansion. The permanent exhibition retraces the history of the Jewish people of France, Europe and the Maghreb, through their art and their heritage. Its many temporary exhibitions, events in the auditorium and its educational activities, make it an important and dynamic centre for Parisian culture.

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Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme

Hôtel de Saint-Aignan - 71 rue du Temple
75003 Paris

  • Subway - Rambuteau
  • RER - Châtelet - Les Halles
  • Bus - 29, 38, 75

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Mental Mental
  • Physical Physical
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Loan of wheelchairs
  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person

Accessibility information

- Physical disability:
- All areas are accessible to people with reduced mobility except the media library that is not served by lift
- To cross the paved courtyard and more easily cross the ramp (slope 16%), a member of staff can accompany you from the reception/security check to the ticket desk inside the museum.
- A manual wheelchair can be lent to you, in exchange for a piece of ID and subject to availability. The use of the wheelchair is your responsibility.
- Proposed activities: People with reduced mobility can form groups of up to 8 people to book a visit or take part in the guided tours already scheduled for individual members of the public on
- A goods lift provides access to the floors and the basement where there are partially accessible toilets (grab bar at 86cm).
- A 78cm wide lift serves the mezzanine of the temporary exhibitions.
- Two parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities are located at 2 and 6 rue des Haudriettes, close to the museum.

Visual impairment:
- A presentation guide to the Museum in braille and in large characters is available at the ticket desk. - Audio guides for the permanent collections can be fitted with an earpiece to be used hands-free. - --- Tactile visit: museum staff will indicate 4 objects to touch without rings and with cotton gloves (lent by the Mahj) including ‘The Jewish Painter’ by Chana Orloff. A description of the works on display is available in characters 16.
- Some activities programmed for individuals have already been practised by blind or partially sighted people: contact 01 53 01 86 62 to find out if the activity you are interested in is suitable.
- Assistance guide dogs are accepted.
- People are accompanied in the lifts and, if necessary, to cross the paved courtyard.
- Stairs and benches are contrasted for a better circulation for people with slight visual impairment.
- The call and control buttons on lifts have insufficient relief, lack of sound announcement/ However, visitors, although unaccompanied in lifts, are helped by a person from the museum to at the entrance and exit of the lift.

*For groups (children, teenagers, adults over 5 people):
The proposed activities combine the senses and use original works to compare, question, reflect together, and be moved emotionally. The duration can be adapted according to the disability situation of the group booking.
- Adult groups:
o Guided tours on different themes: textiles, holidays and life ages, expressions of Judaism, making symbols... (information by telephone).
- Groups of adults and children, up to 6 people:
o Workshop: Festive delights, approx. 2hr30..
- Group of children from 7 to 12 years old, up to 8 children:
o Workshop: 'Once upon a time there was a tailor', 2hr30.

Hearing impairment:
- Some devices are equipped with magnetic loops:
o The reception-security area
o Ticketing
o Audio phones (for guided group visits)
o Audio guides of the permanent collections, free of charge. Their volume is adjustable. Headphones can be added.
o The auditorium: ask for a magnetic loop when you collect your ticket.
- When using the magnetic loop (known as the inductive loop), remember to position your hearing aid on the T position.
- For groups (children, adults: from 8 to 20 people)
o Duration of the activities: 1hr to 1hr30 approximately
o The themes proposed for children, families or adults are those usually developed by the mahJ, with adapted duration. Consult the website
- The staff of the institution is trained in French sign language.

Mental disability:
- Accompanied or group visits are recommended.
- Group of adults up to 6 people with a mild mental disability:
o Guided tour: festivals and ages of life, 1hr to 1hr30
o Workshop: Holiday delights, about 2hr30
- Group of children from 7 to 12 years old, up to 8 children:
o Workshop: Once upon a time there was a tailor: about 2hr30

More details on accessibility

'Tourisme & Handicap' marked establishment

  • 'Tourisme & Handicap' mark
  • For hearing disability For hearing disability
  • For mental disability For mental disability

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