Tours for Schools
A huge part of our education work is focused on schools, and we have created dozens of custom tours over the years in cooperation with teachers who want to follow a specific thread for their classes. To give you an idea and make your selection easier, we have organised our program along the most popular themes, showing you a sample of tours for each theme. A brochure with details of all courses is available for download at the end of each section.
at home @ home (10-19 years), Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
Young visitors bring something to the museum: something from their home, a gift, something from Vienna, Vöcklabruck, Petersburg or Novi Sad. In the museum we are looking for suitable objects that tell Viennese (Jewish) history and might not come from Vienna. A discussion on identity and origin, ourselves and others, about Vienna and the world. What pupils brought will be photographed and can be displayed on our website.
Memories of Home (12–19 years), Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
Some of the small and seemingly insignificant objects in the Jewish Museum Vienna in fact tell moving stories of travel, abandonment, forced departure, homesickness and exile, arrival and a new beginning. This program is in the form of a museum quiz, in which participants look for these objects and use them as the basis for a narration. They then devise their own stories from two randomly combined objects, presented on photo cards. It shows that everything tells us something and everyone has a tale to tell. Those with a home have a story, and those without a home have a story as well, albeit a quite different one.
Lucky Charm (12-19 years), Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
Luck—Glück in German or mazel in Hebrew—always comes in handy, particularly when people are forced to emigrate, find a new home, and settle there. Visitors to the Jewish Museum Vienna can discover how to give fortune a helping hand and look at objects that can bring luck, protection, and God’s blessing to the home, family, and children. Mezuzot, amulets, a wedding ring, and a (not yet) broken glass tell of luck from Vienna and the world and inspire visitors to design their own lucky charms.
Download the complete Flight. Past. Present program here
Celebrating Jewish festivals (6–19 years), Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
Celebrate the Jewish holidays with us as they come around. We focus on the specific holiday, connecting information on how and why it is celebrated with the history of the objects and of their former owners, collectors, or makers in the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection: Purim rattles, Seder plates, Torah crowns, etrog boxes, menorahs, and Kiddush cups.
Is that kosher and halal? (6-19 years) Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
A culinary tour of the entire museum in which we examine various objects to discover what Jews are allowed to eat and what is prohibited. We will meet animals, plants, and tableware for sure, and will devise a menu for a four-course dinner in a kosher restaurant. For younger visitors we have packed the information into a memory game. Including kosher jellybeans!
From beginning to end (14-19 years), Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
Some people might have heard about bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, but perhaps do not know exactly how young Jews celebrate this step towards adulthood. What do the symbols at a Jewish wedding represent? What does a kosher kitchen look like? A Jewish family would buy meat at the turkish butcher? We will be answering these (and other) questions by comparing specific exhibits from our collections with everyday objects.
Download the complete Holidays and Traditions education program here
Discovering Jewish Vienna with Victoria Blitz (6–12 years), Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
A new children’s book that goes on a journey back in time with Theodor Herzl’s famous bicycle enables young museum visitors to discover Jewish history and culture at first hand. The bicycle is called Victoria Blitz, because it goes so fast. As soon as participants have found Victoria, they can get started. We will meet famous Viennese Jews, discover when and how Christmas trees were introduced to Vienna, why Jewish sports clubs were founded, and where Sigmund Freud lived. We will also celebrate Shabbat and Pesach and learn to write our names in Hebrew. The tour of the museum is available as an interactive reading and oral history, full of weird and wonderful stories. The book is available at the museumshop Gottfried & Söhne. This education program is recommended for civics classes in elementary school focusing on the history of Vienna and as an entertaining introduction to the subject for older pupils.
Viennese women (12-19 years), Jewish Museum, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
Who were Hilde, Lilly, Margit, Trude, Miriam, Fanny, Bertha, and Marie? On this tour of the permanent exhibition we will be looking only at women and their stories. Jewish girls and women and the objects connected with them tell of the struggle to establish themselves in politics and society or of flight, exile, and marginalization. Participants can discover and interpret the stories of Viennese women together by taking a biography or object and responding to it with a fictional commentary by a male. Brothers, fathers, husbands, or colleagues can communicate their views on the history of Viennese women – baroque businesswomen and bankers’ wives, benefactresses and salon hostesses, daughters and sisters, Jewish history from a very particular point of view.
Flight. Past. Present (12–19 years), Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
Every day we hear and read about migrants in Europe. The talk is of migration, flight and exile, of home and origins. And – what does it all mean? The Jewish Museum Vienna offers an interesting approach. On a journey in time through the permanent exhibition “Our City!” young visitors can find out about the various immigrants, refugees, and new arrivals to Vienna. Small, often inconspicuous and very personal things tell of the possibility or impossibility of going back, of successful new beginnings. But can objects tell stories? Are museum items relevant? Very much so, if you listen to them. In this workshop participants aged 12 and over can find out how objects can be made to speak. This communication program is suitable for classes in German, history, and civics. If required, the program can also be offered in English.
Download the complete History and Culture program here
Lilly (14-19 years), Jewish Museum, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
A box full of items and a story about survival and remembrance. Possible and impossible return after 1945 leads us to a discussion on how and whether memories can be exhibited. Students reflect what they would take or wrap and what they need to remember.
Letters of today's world (14-19 years), Jewish Museum, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
Since November 2013 "Memory Map", an artwork of Nicholas Gansterer developed on behalf of "The Vienna Project", is part of the core exhibition "Our city! Jewish Vienna today". The map was created with sentences cut out of scanned letters from survivors from Vienna, written in the countries of exile. Based on this "memory card", we invite students to write their own letters. As fictional great-grandchildren, cousins, neighbors and friends they respond to selected objects which have belonged to individuals, who once lived in "our" city.
How to commemorate (14–19 years), Museum Judenplatz, Judenplatz 8, 1010 Vienna
The Shoah memorial on Judenplatz initiated by Simon Wiesenthal and completed by the British artist Rachel Whiteread provides an introduction to a discussion conducted in the framework of the permanent exhibition “Our City! Jewish Vienna Then to Now.” How can memory be passed on? Participants will discuss this question in the context of the objects presented in the museum. Is commemoration possible through diaries, films, everyday objects, eyewitnesses, and art?
Download the complete Holocaust Education program here
Adventure archeology (6-10 years), Museum Judenplatz, Judenplatz 8, 1010 Vienna
Exciting discoveries in the Museum below ground level: How Vienna looked in the Middle Ages? Where was the synagogue? Why it was destroyed? What do archaeologists do? What the kids have played in the Middle Ages? Have teachers been more severe? Which food was cooked in the medieval pots? A hands-on expedition to the Middle Ages!
Museum ABC (10-14 years), Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
From Ark to Zedakah, from Chanukah to marriage, from dietary laws to Yom Kippur, from Vienna to Israel, from anti-Semitism to the founding of the State of Israel, from loss to new beginnings – many different topics are dealt with in this program. Depending on the level and interest of the pupils the program can be varied – less or more, basics or details.
#objects (12-19 years), Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna
Selfies are one of the latest and most popular additions to the social media scene – pictures of yourself, your friends and family in funny or unusual situations, in our city or other tourist destinations. In this program pictures can be taken of objects in the Jewish Museum Vienna permanent exhibition. Participants can take a selfie of Sigmund Freud, Theodor Herzl or Gustav Mahler, of Torah decorations, Chanukah menorahs or everyday objects. What questions do we have and what answers do the objects in the showcases give? We let the objects speak about themselves on a fascinating journey through space and time – Jewish history and culture at close quarters. And if you then post your museum photo on Instagram, you can also add your own story.
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Leonard Bernstein. A New Yorker in Vienna
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Teddy Kollek. The Viennese Mayor of Jerusalem
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