The Jewish Museum of Greece

The Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens: Hours, Address, The Jewish Museum of Greece Reviews: 4.5/5

The Jewish Museum of Greece

The Jewish Museum of Greece
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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The area
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Neighborhood: Plaka
Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
How to get there
  • Syntagma • 5 min walk
  • Nomismatokopio • 8 min walk
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Bronwyn
113 contributions
Sep 2021
If you are interested in Jewish history and culture this is a must-see museum. Other reviews may call it small and modest but it is by far not the smallest museum I have enjoyed in Greece.

Many artefacts to do with Jewish life, including costumes, jewelry and metalwork, religious objects, Holocaust artefacts, and oral testimony are housed in this small building. The museum is enhanced by a mobile app with further details on interesting objects. They also have a small gift shop with jewelry, clothing, books, and postcards. Student visitors get a 50% discount even with a non-European student card.
Written September 27, 2021
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Lisa F
Hartford, CT97 contributions
Mar 2022
Behind an unassuming door lies one of the most interesting museums that I have ever visited! The history of the Jews of Greece dates from the fourth century BC up to the present day, with important chapters related to the inquisition and to the Holocaust. The building of this museum is interestingly arranged with fascinating artifacts and stories. I am grateful that most of the signs were in English as well as Greek. And the small gift shop has lovely and reasonable jewelry as well as books and CDs related to the Jews of Greece.

Before the Holocaust, Sephardic Jews speaking Ladino, and smaller groups of Helenite and Ashkenazi Jews were scattered in robust communities throughout the country. A visit to this museum inspired me to visit Jewish monuments and museums in Ioannina and Thessaloniki.

Fascinating!
Written March 11, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,091 contributions
Aug 2021
Set in a very pretty house, this museum documents the Jewish experience in Greece. Some treasures of Judaica, a transferred interior of a synagogue from one of the islands, costumes and jewelry from centuries ago, plus an interesting exhibit of oral histories from the Holocaust, documenting what 20th Century Jews lost here. Did you know that ruins of the oldest synagogue in Europe were found in Greece? Makes sense.
Written August 4, 2021
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Travelfromessex
Romford, UK656 contributions
Dec 2019
We had a very enjoyable visit to the Jewish Museum which is in what must be a converted private house a few minutes walk from Syntagma Square. Lots of very interesting exhibits spread over a number of floors (there is a lift available).

All signs are in English as well as Greek. Nice little gift shop by the ticket office as well and friendly staff made this a most enjoyable visit during our time in Athens. Definitely recommended.
Written January 19, 2020
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Chandi M
Jerusalem, Israel280 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Very important historical museum telling the rich story of the jewish community thought out the ages in the various sections of Greece. Includes costumes, religious artifacts, documents, films and more. Such an extensive rich proud history.
Written February 11, 2020
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ewe35
Miami, FL32 contributions
This is a fascinating little museum about the decimated Jewish communities of Greece. Apparently there were very large Jewish communities in Greece that went back to ancient times. 95% of the Jewish population was killed in the Holocaust so now there are hardly any Greek Jews left in Greece.
Hitler succeeded in Greece of relegating the Jews to a museum.
However, this is a worthy museum, detailing the culture, clothes, synagogues of these lost communities. This is defintely worth a visit.
Written September 8, 2005
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StrandFan
Carlsbad, CA411 contributions
I would just like to add a couple things to the previous review.
Along with this being a gem of a museum, as the previous poster mentioned, it is also quite convenient to travelers - it's just a few short blocks from the main Plaka District.
Also, along with Hitler's awful legacy, the museum details the courageous efforts of some of the Greek Orthodox Bishops to protect Jews in their communities. Despite its ultimate futility, that story is quite inspiring as well.
Written September 29, 2006
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Philpoo
Tampa, FL181 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
This museum on a small street a few blocks from Syntogma square is a real jewel. It shows the history of the Jewish people in Geece from ancient times thru the present. The displays are very well done and very impressive. For those interested in Jewish history, it is well worth a visit
Written July 9, 2012
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MassTraveler
Home Base - Massachusetts186 contributions
Based on a recommendation from a local Athens professional tour guide we found our way to the Jewish Museum in Central Athens. Housed in a plan buiding in the Plaka section of Athens we were so impressed by what we found in the museum. It chronicles that history of the Jews of Greece from ancient (B.C.) to the present day communities (or what is left of them). Part of the museum tells the story through the memories of those who experienced what happened during the 20th century when close to 90% of the Jews of Greece were killed by the Nazis. The exhibits are wonderfully prepared and displayed. The format allows you to see all of the museum in an hour or so. It was a real learning experience and we are so glad we went. It is worth a trip for those who have an interest in the history of the Jews of Greece.
Written September 5, 2008
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel34,939 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
Located a 10-minute walk from Syntagma square, this is a surprisingly small museum, considering how rich a culture it deals with.
The museum is spread over several small floors, and while the layout of the exhibits is somehow chronological, very little information is provided for each exhibit.
Most of the exhibits are books, traditional cloths, Torah scrolls, photos, exhibits from the Holocaust and a model of a synagogue.
It would've been far more productive and educational to have an actual member of the Jewish community of Athens conduct tours of the museum.
At 6 Euros a ticket, there is very little value-for-money here.
30-45 minutes are more than enough for a visit.
Written February 14, 2015
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