As testimony to the history of the Jewish population during the Middle Ages in Catalonia, this museum houses valuable archaeological and written material. The exhibition shows what everyday life was like and how the synagogue was structured.
The last synagogue that remained open in Girona now houses the Museu d’Història dels Jueus and the Institut d’Estudis Nahmànides. To enter, one must walk through the Centre Bonastruc ça Porta, where we see a star of David on the courtyard floor.
The exhibition provides a snapshot of the Jewish inhabitants of medieval Catalonia. The walkthrough centres on Hebrew archaeological and documentary material from the community that resided in Girona and elsewhere in Europe.
The various halls draw a picture of Jewish life in the Middle Ages: what daily and family life was like in the call, how the communities organised themselves internally, which festivals were on their calendar and the customs and traditions they embraced. The calls are likewise defined, the most well-known in the country are listed, and what a Catalonian synagogue was like is explained.
Finally, the museum presents the most spiritual and metaphysical side of Hebrew culture via the inscriptions on the gravestones in the cemetery at Montjuïc.
Another museum hall is being planned for aspects on Jewish cultural, professional and economic life, as well as for the conflicts that took place between the Jewish and Christian communities in medieval Catalonia.
A wide range of specialised bibliographies, gifts and souvenirs can be found at the Sefarad shop.