The museum was founded in 1987 by its former director Aron Neuman, who together with his wife Viola provided the funds necessary to get the museum started.
The aims that were set up are to show
The museum has met with lively response from the general public. The number of visitors amounts to about 12 000 a year which is very satisfactory for Swedish conditions. About 40 percent of the visitors consist of school-classes.
In support of the museum there is a Friendship Association with about 1 100 members.
Along with the sheer exhibition activities the museum pursues informative activities. This is done mainly through lectures about the Swedish Jews, their history and their relations to society and about Jewish culture and religion. These lectures are given in connection with the demonstration of the exhibits.
It is also worth mentioning that the museum has started to organize a research library within its premises, intended to assist research work at different levels.
Regarding the economy of the museum it should be pointed out that the museum - apart from a manager, an information officer and a controller – only has voluntary employees. These helpers, amounting to about 35 people, carry out all occurring tasks, such as demonstration of the artefacts, surveillance, keeping of the cash and operation of the museum cafeteria. It is quite clear that the museum could hardly be managed without the efforts of these voluntary workers. As a matter of fact the museum has to a great extent to confide in grants from the community and from private institutions. The museum has received substantial allowances from the City of Stockholm and from the Swedish Parliament and the County as well.