Jewish Museum - London

Sukkot: Seeking Shelter

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25 September - 3 December 2017

Temporary exhibition

Sukkot: Seeking Shelter

25 September - 3 December 2017

To mark the festival of Sukkot, our ground floor Welcome Gallery has transformed into the site of a new Sukkah installation, offering an immersive space for reflection on the universal theme of shelter.  

A new commission from the celebrated design team of Alan Farlie and Tom Piper, the Sukkah installation takes its inspiration from the work of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Ban’s experiments building with cardboard and paper tubes, have provided low cost, environmentally friendly shelters for those who have lost their homes to wars and natural disasters.

The installation encourages visitors to consider the idea of the sukkah in the context of today’s world, where millions are in need of shelter.  

Sukkot remembers the 40 years the Jewish people spent wandering in the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt. It is traditionally celebrated by building a temporary outdoor hut, called a Sukkah, in which families can eat, study and sleep during the week-long festival.

Free Admission

Temporary exhibition

Migration Festival

Explore more about Sukkot and stories of migration and refugees in our Migration Festival of events throughout the installation.

Regular Storytelling and Talks


Stories Under the Stars: Under 5s Storytelling
Every Tuesday and Wednesday during the Sukkot installation, and every day of half term (21-29 October 2017), 9.30am

Micro Migration Talks
Every Monday and Thursday during the Sukkot installation, 11am

One-Off Talks, Family Events and Late Openings


The Stories Behind Sukkot with Maureen Kendler
Monday 2 October, 1-1.45pm

Sukkot Family Day
Sunday 8 October, 10am-2pm

Slavery and Satire: Revealing Black History
Sunday 15 October, 2-2.45pm

Walk in Her Shoes: A Women's Storytelling Event
Thursday 19 October, 6.30-8.30pm

Curious Explorer Relaxed Family Morning
Wednesday 25 October, 9-11am

The Good Immigrant: Nikesh Shukla In Conversation
Wednesday 8 November, 7-8pm

Curator's Talk: Shelter
Wendesday 15 November, 3-3.30pm

Seeking Shelter Late
Wednesday 22 November, 6-9pm

Discover stories of migration in the galleries with a special self-led guide or an activity backpack for children. 

Temporary exhibition