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“History and Holocaust” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sydney Jewish Museum

Sydney Jewish Museum
148 Darlinghurst Road, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia (Inner East)
+61-2-9360-7999
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Ranked #33 of 614 things to do in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“History and Holocaust”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This museum is an unusual mixture of historical material. The ground floor is an excellent exhibition of Australian Jewish history from the arrival of the first Jewish Australians in 1788 to modern day Jewish Australia. The upper floors describe the events which led up to the Holocaust in the 1930s to 1940s. The exhibit is designed so that it requires the visitor to travel through all the displays in order to understand the horror of these events. Many of the guides are survivors who actually experienced these horrors themselves.

There are also special exhibition areas and a well stocked shop which sells books and gifts.
The museum is not open on Saturdays and closes early on Fridays.

Visited December 2013
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“Education overrides ignorance. GO!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

A fantastic collection of visual material collated for young and old to see and read. The stories of the past are well documented and easy to take in, for younger visitors as well as adults. Guides are available to ask questions and often a Holocaust Survivor is also on hand to chat with as well. A deeply moving experience for visitors. All ages should go, and pick up on information that they may not know, or details that might surprise them. From the beginnings of Jewish Life in Australia to modern times. Education really does override fear, ignorance, and brings respect and understanding for all. Go and visit and see for yourself. Very worthwhile.

Visited September 2013
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This was a fairly small, but very interesting museum. Exhibits about the 16 first Jewish settlers, who were sent from England as convicts, and about the growth and history of the Jewish community in Sydney, were interesting. As well, there is a good, very moving, exhibit on The Holocaust. We rode the Hop-on Hop-off Bus to King's Cross area stop, then walked to the museum. It was worth a trip, if you are interesting in this history.

Visited February 2014
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“More people should visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I know we have quite a Jewish population in Sydney but the Jewish Museum is not like an attraction or must see as it would if it was in Europe. I was in Budapest recently and they had Jewish Synagogue, Jewish Quarter and these places are well known to the travellers. Sydney Jewish Museum has good materials and there's always a Jewish person on site to provide more info.

Visited November 2013
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“This is somewhere every one can come to learn and enjoy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We went to find out about the Jewish contributions to Australia in war and peace. Fascinating stories of the "convicts" who were deported here for minor crimes, stealing a iece of lace, a purse… Within a year or so in the new colony, most had served their time, or had the sentence commuted and then become the fathers and mothers of the new country. And then there was Ikey Solomon, on whom Dickens modelled Fagin.
The holocaust stories are told well, with displays and video and survivors are among the docents, Tke time to read the newspapers of the time - we learned all kinds of things we didn't have a clue about, including Churchill's disappointment with the French surrender.
Nice cafe too.

Visited February 2014
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