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Museo Ebraico di Venezia

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Cannaregio
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Address: Cannaregio 2902/b, 33437 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 (0)41 715359
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Museum was average - lots of old artefacts. The bit worth doing was the guided tour of the old synagogues - much more interesting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 25, 2015
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The main museum itself is not very noteworthy, but the tour is absolutely worth it if you're interested in the history of Jews in Venice (or Italy at large, for that matter). The tour includes entrance to three of the five old synagogues - the two others do not allow public visits - which are each beautiful and fascinating. The... More 

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Ra'anana, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

A visit to the history of the world first ghetto, the museum does an excellent work of telling the story. Why was it formed, the actual meaning of the word ghetto, the story of one of the oldest Jewish communties in the world. A must see for anyone interested in Jewish history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Museum was average - lots of old artefacts. The bit worth doing was the guided tour of the old synagogues - much more interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We have gone to the jewish museums in Amsterdam and Copenhagen and both were more informative than this one. Its worth a visit but for me is not

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jerusalem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The museum is very well laid out with excellent explanations and a thumbnail sketch of the history of Venice and her Jews. Then the guide opens up several of the 5 synagogues and explains the differences among the communities. It was 2 hours very well spent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Tour of 3 synagogues in the Jewish Ghetto dating from the 16th Century. Guide was knowledgable and spoke English well. A few people in my group had a little trouble understanding her. A tour is available every hour on the half, so convenient. Would have been nice to learn more about the ghetto, but still worthwhile.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The Jewish Museum is much larger than I expected - although it is still quite small - and also, as expected, contained relatively modern objects d'art and religious artifacts from relatively modern times - a good deal on display is from the 18th century or later. These kinds of objects require but fifteen minutes to peruse, it is the tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Excellent place to visit. Take the guided tour well worth the money. Need at least 3 hours to explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

This is a great museum with such a rich history. Our tour guide was very informative. A tour consists of getting to see three of the five synagogues in Venice, plus admission to the actual museum. Each of the synagogues is incredibly architecturally interesting, and has an interesting history, so if you visit the museum be sure to take the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

The museum tells the visitor a lot about the history of the Jews in Venice as well as the reasons for establishing the ghetto (derived from "geto", meaning foundry) in the 16th century and the decline of the Jewish population into the late 18th century, until they were liberated by Napoleon. There is also information of how the Jews fared... More 

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Cannaregio
Cannaregio is the second largest sestiere (district) with its busy Santa Lucia train station. Many transplanted Venetians commute from the outlying areas, “terra firma” to the locals, which is shorthand for any place that is not Venice. Two Grand Canal bridges serve Cannaregio, the newest (Constitution, 2008) still a local hotbed of controversy. Ponte degli Scalzi is a busy link to the train station. Nearby shops on the Lista di Spagna offer specialties like pastries and coffee that lure Venetians with a down-to-earth attitude. The Ghetto, where the Jewish population was segregated in Cannaregio, has five historic synagogues with an active Jewish community. The Fondamente Nove bustles with foot traffic to the Rialto and San Marco while vaporettos (water taxis) head to Murano and other islands. Side streets lead into quiet picturesque neighborhoods and palaces like Ca' d'Oro rise directly out of the water.