The Jewish Museum
Culture & Society
On June 6, 2019, the Jewish Museum in Stockholm is opening its doors after a relocation and renovation. An almost-new museum will see the light of day, and Stockholm will gain a new place for conversations about the most important issue of our time—the conditions and strategies of integration. The Robert Weil Family Foundation has decided to give substantial, long-term support to the museum.
The Jewish Museum in Stockholm was established in 1987 by Viola and Aron Neuman in Frihamnen. Exhibitions about Jewish life were displayed in an old rug warehouse. In 1992, the museum moved to Hälsingegatan in Vasastan. The spring of 2019 will see the opening of the museum’s new location on Själagårdsgatan in Gamla Stan, a site that was the home of Stockholm’s synagogue from 1795 to 1870. There, yet another puzzle piece of Swedish heritage can be fit into place. For the museum, the move to Själagårdsgatan is like coming home.
The Robert Weil Family Foundation has decided that over the next five years, it will provide support to the Jewish Museum in the amount of five million Swedish kronor. The museum’s director, Christina Gamstorp, wants to make Swedish-Jewish history accessible and to broaden the understanding of a shared Swedish history and heritage. The Foundation wants to support the museum’s leadership in the long term so that their vision has the opportunity to take shape.
“We hope the museum will give us the space to emphasize the Jewish experience, reflecting issues that are central in our time; the conditions and strategies of integration,” says Lina Sjöquist, Secretary General of the Foundation.
“For the Jewish Museum, this is fantastic. It means we can lift our gaze beyond short-term funding application procedures. Despite long-term, large-scale support from the Ministry of Culture, the City of Stockholm, and Stockholm County Council, we are still lacking the means by which we could realize the museum’s vision. We need to establish more collaborations and hope that others will follow the example of the Robert Weil Family Foundation. The museum is also an institution where we expand upon and deepen the story of Sweden and reveal the Jewish heritage that has long remained far too hidden. It is incredibly essential to the time we’re living in,” says Christina Gamstorp, Museum Director.
The Jewish Museum in Stockholm opens on Sweden’s National Day, June 6, 2019.