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“Don't Waste Your Time Here” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Museo Ebraico di Venezia

Museo Ebraico di Venezia
Cannaregio 2902/b, 33437 Venice, Italy (Cannaregio)
+39 (0)41 715359
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Ranked #71 of 345 things to do in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Don't Waste Your Time Here”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

The Jewish Ghetto in Venice has a rich history, but that history is not conveyed well through this museum. While one room is well done from an aesthetic perspective and provides some insights into the area, it still is incomplete and its information highly selective--in the sense that the visitor does not leave with a sense of historical narrative or continuity. The other rooms contain cases of items significant to the history of the people of the area, but very little meaningful description of what one is seeing.

I took a group tour which included visits of three of the area's five synagogues. Unfortunately, our guide didn't convey much information about the places, ghetto, or the people who have lived there over the centuries and didn't seem to want to answer questions. He also didn't take us to see the Holocaust memorials.

In short, the museum and the tour do a disservice to the rich history and people of the Jewish Ghetto.

My advice to those who want to explore this neighborhood is to buy a good guidebook or download information from the Internet in advance. Unfortunately, you cannot see the synagogues without going on a tour.

Visited November 2013
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“Wasted opportunity”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

The history of the Jews in Venice is long and interesting, but this museum does little to convey the rich history. It is rather dull and boring, with poor haphazard exhibits, and the lady at the front desk was very rude, practically throwing our tickets back at us. Wasn't worth the journey - read the wikipedia article instead, it is more informative.

Visited October 2013
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“A very good tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Despite having visited Venice several times, this was my first visit to the Ghetto area in Canareggio and very interesting it proved to be. The wall memorials in the square for Venetian Jews lost to the Holocaust are striking. As I entered the museum a tour was about to start so I joined and thought it extremely good value for money and most informative. The two smaller Sephardic synagogues are just amazing, very evocative, and the third, built by more affluent Askenazy Jews (hope I've got this the right way round) is an interesting contrast. We got some fascinating information about how the Ghetto was formed and its history.

As with a previous reviewer, our guide was a rather imperious woman who didn't seem keen on questions, but somehow she seemed just right for this and anyway it was quite fun to keep asking to get such put-down answers! I didn't have time after to go round the museum itself but highly recommend the tour. There are a couple of nice original art shops in the surrounding streets.

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“Tranquillity in Venice?!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Go to this area: its modest charm is soothing whilst the memorial to the Venetian Jews murdered by Nazi Germany is utterly moving. In the main square there's a splendid Jewish restaurant where you 'll eat well in a relaxing open air courtyard at reasonable costs: the waitresses are also friendly and helpful- or our one was! A young man playing, casually, on a flute added to the atmosphere. The museum itself is very interesting, if a little down at heel: I so wish had bought a ticket to visit one of the synagogues too, but the lady at the desk was less than helpful, to be honest.

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“So much history”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

Visited the museum & toured 3 of the 5 synagogues. Interesting, although the guide was quite rude-people asked questions, which she gave condescending replies. When a gentleman asked how the women got to the area where they had to go in the synagogue, she replied " well, women cannot fly-they took the stairs"

Visited October 2013
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