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Jewish Museum of Australia
The Jewish Museum of Australia is the only museum in Victoria that explores and celebrates the breadth of Australian Jewish life, culture and history. We bring it to life through our unique temporary and permanent exhibitions, school education programs and short courses, as well ads through our vibrant calendar of events including talks, creative workshops, family and children’s activities, live music, and guided walks. We welcome visitors from all cultural and religious backgrounds.
Our four permanent exhibitions are drawn from the Museum’s outstanding collection of over 20,000 objects. Viewed together, the exhibitions connect visitors with the full spectrum of Jewish life, culture, history, traditions, and beliefs.
Timeline of Jewish History
An art, object and multimedia installation that evocatively depicts 4,000 years of Jewish history.
Belief and Ritual
A display exploring the ritual observances, religious and ethical beliefs and common origins that unite all Jews and that have been maintained throughout the ages.
The Jewish Year
The annual cycle of festivals and holy days that occur throughout the year.
Calling Australia Home
Stories of generations of Australian Jews – the reasons they came, the lives they built for themselves, the contributions they made, and what it means to be Jewish in Australia today.
The Museum’s temporary exhibitions explore aspects of Jewish belief, history, practice and spirituality. From in-depth exploration of local social histories through to contemporary Jewish art, the Museum’s two changing exhibition spaces – the Loti Smorgon Gallery and the Dinah and Henry Krongold Family Gallery – present rich reflections of Jewish life.
Throughout the year, as complements to the permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Museum presents a number of public programs including artists’ and curators’ talks, Jewish holiday celebrations, family and children’s activities, guest speakers, debates, live music, and guided walks through areas of historical significance.
The Museum is a valuable educational resource for teachers
and students from upper primary through to VCE. Visit our website for details of our engaging range of education programs and curriculum links across year levels.
With four series of eight-week short courses throughout the year, the Museum provides a wonderful avenue for adult education and engagement with Jewish culture. The short courses are developed to complement and extend the themes of the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Visiting the Museum
Want to know more about some of our collection pieces or about Judaism itself? We run tours in our different galleries every day (except Friday) at 2pm. Tours run for approximately 40 minutes, and are included in the cost of your entry ticket to the Museum.
St Kilda Synagogue is one of the oldest and grandest synagogues in Melbourne, and tours are a great chance to learn more about Jewish traditions from our knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteer guides. Tours run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 12.30pm with an extra tour on Sunday at 3pm. Tours are included in the cost of your entry ticket to the Museum.
Self-guided tour for families
There is lots for kids to do at the Museum! Ask at the front desk for the ‘kids and family trail’. It will take you around the Museum, hunting for red Hamsas and learning about objects chosen especially for kids and families.
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