As described on the brochure of the Museum:
"The Museum was founded in 1977 to collect, preserve, research and exhibit the material evidence of 2.300 years of Jewish life in Greece.As a historical and ethnographical museum, its main interest is to provide a vivid picture of Jewish life and culture, as it was lived during these centuries".
The Museum is divided into 7 levels, housing different thematic entities about the Jewish presence and life in Greece.
Do not miss the ground floor of the building, which houses the restored interior of the old Romaniote Synagogue of the Jewish Community of Patras.(which does not exist any more!).
The Jewish Museum is a well-organized collection describing the history of Jewish communities in Greece from their speculated arrival in the third century BC to the Holocaust and post-genocide communities in Greece. The basement of the museum has a recreated synagogue and an interesting collection of photographs and artefacts from the various synagogues throughout Greece. The upper floors are not chronologically organized but rather thematic, with exhibits on Greek Jewish customs, dress and eventually participation in the national liberation movement, partisans and the destruction of the community by the Nazis.
The Musuem Chronicles the history of the Jews in Greece. The cultural artifacts, clothing and personal accounts make this a wonderful museum. The museum particularly details what happened during the Holocaust, when 90% of the Jews of Greece were exterminanted by the Nazis.
The Jewish Museum of Greece was founded in 1977 in order to collect, conserve, research and exhibit the material evidence of 2.300 years of Jewish life in Greece. Its collection, which is constantly being augmented, consists of seven and a half thousand original artefacts, photographs, documents and archives, and includes diverse material pertaining to the domestic and religious life as well as the historical course of the Greek Jews.
The new building of the museum houses its rich collection on a total area of 800 square metres. The entire floor space of the museum has been organized in areas for permanent exhibition of collection with thematic exhibits, periodic exhibitions, a contemporary art gallery and a video room. It also includes an area for educational programs, a research library, a photographic archive and laboratory, a conservation laboratory and a gift shop.
The permanent exhibition illustrates subject areas such as the synagogue and religious artefacts, the Jewish holidays, traditional costumes, the Holocaust, the cycle of life and the history of Greek Jews. Particular attention is paid to the museum's educational role, especially with regard to intercultural education and programs for children and young people.
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A very interesting and compelling place to visit.
Lots of history here, not all of it good.
Opening hours Daily 9:00 - 14:30
Sun 10:00 - 14:00