The Jewish Museum’s collection consists of objects, photographs, documents, art and archives. The collection is a cultural heritage from one of Sweden’s national minorities and it enables new perspectives on our country’s history.
There are currently around 1,500 objects in the collection. Official documents, letters, books, religious artefacts, paintings and porcelain are all part of the collection. As are several archives from private individuals, families, organizations and associations.
Only a small part of the Jewish Museum’s collection is on display. It is available both at the Jewish Museum and at other museums and institutions that have items on loan or deposited from us. Most of the collection is currently stored in a warehouse. We are currently working on digitizing the collection in its entirety.
The pulpit is one of the few things left from the time when the building was a synagogue. It dates from the first half of the nineteenth century. After a long and fascinating journey, it is now back in its original place. When the Jewish congregation moved out in the 1870s, the pulpit was sold as part of the building to the couple, who relocated it to the Seaman´s Mission they founded. When that building was converted into a police station in the late nineteenth century, the Berg-Sandells contacted the founder of Nordiska museet, Artur Hazelius, about their ‘beautiful pulpit’, and in 1890 he acquired it for his new museum.
Now that the original murals have been uncovered, we can see the close similarities between the pulpit’s splendid ornamental pillars and the small roses on the synagogue’s ceiling.