Jewish Museum

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Jewish Museum


The Jewish Museum hosts good temporary photography exhibits and a permanent collection relating to Jewish life in Belgium and beyond, with a section on the Holocaust. The museum was hit by a terrorist attack in 2014, killing four people; there is stringent security on arrival and the building is protected by armed guards.

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