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MEIS Museo Nazionale dell'Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah

At the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah are open the permanent exhibitions: "1938: HUMANITY DENIED" by Giovanni Grasso and Paco Lanciano and "Jews, an Italian history" to discover the history of Jews in Italy from the era of ancient Rome to the Renaissance.
MEIS Museo Nazionale dell'Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah

The permanent exhibition of the MEIS, which is periodically integrated and renewed, tells the story and experience of the Jews in Italy.
From the first evidence in ancient Rome, the exhibition leads to the Renaissance and the cultural blossoming of the Peninsula. Meetings, disputes, daily life and exchanges are represented through objects, artistic works, multimedia installations, videos and the virtual guide of experts. 

> 1938: HUMANITY DENIED Permanent exhibition by Giovanni Grasso and Paco Lanciano.
Through the use of multimedia installations that collect vintage images and films and documents, “1938: humanity denied” creates an immersive experience that allows the visitor to come into contact with the drama of racial laws, social exclusion, Nazi-Fascist persecution and extermination. The narrative opens with the outbreak of the First World War, in which Jews participate alongside all other Italians. The story goes on, in 1922 Benito Mussolini leads the march on Rome. In 1933 Nazism affirms itself and since 1938 everything changes: at the end of July the “Manifesto della Razza” (Race Manifesto) signed by Italian scientists begin to spread; in September the “Provvedimenti per la difesa della razza nella scuola fascista" (Measures for the defence of the race in the Fascist school) are published and in November the so-called racial laws are approved.
The rooms divide the path, for a visit that in total takes about 45 minutes, into different thematic sections: from the documentation of racial laws, to the reconstruction of a class and exclusion on school desks, to deportation and extermination camps.
The path is enriched at MEIS by a site-specific installation by the internationally renowned Israeli artist Dani Karavan, created to commemorate the Italian experience of the Shoah.

> “Garden of Questions”
. As soon as you enter the MEIS, you are welcomed by the “Garden of Questions”: a green labyrinth where you can discover the Jewish dietary laws, the biblical plants and their symbolic meaning as well as the various traditional recipes handed down through generations.


10.00-18.00. Closed on Monday.
Closed 25th December, 1st January.

Closing days

  • Monday


Full price € 10,00; reduced: € 8,00 (6-18 years old, students, MyFE Card owners)

Free entrance: children under 6 years-old, 100% disabled people with one accompanying person, journalists and tour guides with pass, ICOM members and military personnel on duty, with the MyFe Tourist Card.


  • Up to age 6
  • Disabled persons with one accompanying person
  • Journalists
  • Conscripts
  • Tourist guides
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