The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy

(Jul. 22-Jan. 12) — A cache of jeweled rings, brooches and coins — the precious possessions of a Jewish family of medieval Alsace — was hidden in the 14th century in the wall of a house in Colmar, France. Discovered in 1863 and on view in an upcoming exhibition at The Met Cloisters, the Colmar Treasure revives the memory of a once-thriving Jewish community that was scapegoated and put to death when the Plague struck the region with devastating ferocity in 1348–49.

A loan of the Musée de Cluny, Paris, the Colmar Treasure will be displayed alongside select works from The Met Cloisters and little-known Judaica from collections in the United States and France.

Although the objects on view are small in scale and relatively few in number, the ensemble overturns conventional notions of medieval Europe as a monolithic Christian society. The exhibition will point to both legacy and loss, underscoring the prominence of the Jewish minority community in the tumultuous 14th century and the perils it faced.

Open seven days a week. (Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1.)
March-October: 10:00 am – 5:15 pm
November-February: 10:00 am – 4:45 pm


Sunday, November 17, 2019 (All day)


The Met Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin DR, Fort Tryon Park
New York, NY 10040




3-day admission: $25; $17 Senior; $12 Child under 13. New York State residents and NY, NJ, CT students, the amount you pay is up to you.

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