Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
4.5
Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki was founded to honor the rich and creative Sephardic heritage as it evolved in the city of Thessaloniki.On the ground level are monumental stones and inscriptions that were once found in the great Jewish necropolis that lay to the east of the city walls. Accompanying these stones are a series of photographs showing the cemetery and visitors as it was in 1914.Central to the first floor is a narrative history of the Jewish presence in Thessaloniki from the 3rd century BCE until the Second World War. A separate exhibit focuses on the Shoah, as it affected the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki. The majority of the community - some 49,000 persons - was systematically deported to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen where most of them perished.A research and documentation center operates within the premises, which aims to document and digitize archival documents from the Museum's own collection as well as archival material from other sources, thus creating a database accessible to visitors.The Museum provides special educational programs for schools.
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purcellfamily
England207 contributions
Feb 2020
Whilst I was a visitor to Thessaloniki I have read a few books about the history and the effects of the Holocaust.
The museum is small - which for me is good. I read many of the explanations of the exhibits ( they are in Greek and English) but I was still only in the museum for about 1.25 hours.
A lot of the exhibits relate to Thessaloniki's history through the centuries - very well done. Interwoven is the history of the Jews in Thessaloniki.
There is, what i thought, a small section relate to the Holocaust- I think that the Germans destroyed so much evidence and the majority perished that there is little to exhibit but there was enough information for me.
The women on the reception could have been friendlier and if i did not speak Greek or English there would be no point going.
The information booklet you pick up as you go in is poor but that did not matter as thereafter all is self explanatory.
Written February 4, 2020
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Written February 5, 2020
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caspardel
Faversham, UK149 contributions
Aug 2020
This museum provided both and insight into the history of the Jewish population of Thessaloniki and due to the importance of the Jewish population the overall historical development of the city.

I was particularly taken by the historical maps explaining the migration routes into Thessaloniki and how these locations filtered into the development of Thessaloniki today.

The overlayed topological maps enabled the history to be brought alive by creating direct links between past and present.
Written August 7, 2020
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Written August 27, 2020
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AnnPalmerUK
109 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Not easy to find the entrance, as it was 'roped off', but we then saw a door to the right and were admitted. Interesting history of the Jewish quarter of the city and the impact of the 1917 fire. Some disturbing displays of the impact of the Holocaust and the 46,000 locals sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. 7 euros to get in
Written October 2, 2023
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Written November 20, 2023
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Dan R
Herzliya, Israel673 contributions
Apr 2022
A very good and informative museum about the rich history of the Jews in Thessaloniki. Unfortunately the information is quite sparse, the leaflet given at the entry does not have a museum plan, and part of the panels in the exhibition are in Greek only. Photography is not allowed - why? When will museums realize that photography only helps making the attraction known to future visitors?
Written April 26, 2022
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SvenskaMob
Richmond, VA65 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Interesting museum with in depth information relative to Thessaloniki's Jewish community from ancient times through to the present day.
I was very much looking forward to this museum. And I must say the experience was tainted by the very unhelpful, unfriendly woman who was attending the reception desk when we arrived on November 3rd at 10am. Im not sure I would ever make a return visit to this museum. Perhaps the museum management should take note of this. It takes very little effort to make guests feel welcome. Especially to an emotion filled museum like this one.
Written November 3, 2023
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Written November 20, 2023
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Liz T
Colgate, WI30 contributions
Aug 2021
My daughter and I visited here and spent several hours exploring it. We were moved by the collection of items they have, especially the wall with 50,000 names on it. It gives voice to those numbers. Highly recommend.
Written August 31, 2021
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Written September 3, 2021
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Davebwiseman
Droitwich, UK182 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
I could have stayed for hours more. A very tragic history. The museu is excellent and tells a story of a complete populations history. I love being able to ue QR codes to get full information.
Written September 30, 2023
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Written October 2, 2023
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dpgee_9
Paphos, Cyprus41 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
A must see Museum. Well documented in a number of languages, and many incredible photographs. The highlight of our trip.
Written October 30, 2012
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shifra w
toronto4,575 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
I usually post photos with my reviews, but once through the entranceway of this museum, we were asked not to take photos of the items displayed, with or without flash.
This proved to be a bit of a disappointment, because pictures help me remember what I have experienced, and there were some very moving and memorable exhibits on the two floors of the museum.
We had a guide to describe some of the exhibits in English--and as she was speaking, an elderly woman was wheeled into the museum by her daughter.
The woman was Estella Esformes, who currently lives in Los Angeles.
Estella was rounded up with the Jews of Larissa on March 24, 1944. Placed on a truck, she and the other members of the Larissa community were delivered to a large, empty garage. Additional trucks brought Jews from Ioannina, Volos and other surrounding towns. After a week, the whole group was placed on trains and shipped to the concentration camps in Poland.
Estella was one of the only survivors and had come back to Greece for a visit.
Some of the people in our tour group clustered around Estella and she very graciously shared her story with us.
This was completely unexpected and a very special part of our visit to the museum.
Our tour group had passed through the marketplace on our way to see the Yad Lezikaron synagogue in the commercial district. Our tour guide had stopped at a florist and purchased a large bunch of roses. He had given each of the women in our group a beautiful red rose. Mine was sticking out of my backpack--you can see it in the picture I posted.
When Estella told us it was her birthday (I think it was her 92nd), most of the women in our group gave her their roses.
My picture of Estella with her bouquet of red roses, which unfortunately is not clear, is attached to this review.
So, besides being very impressed with the fascinating displays in the museum itself, our chance encounter with an actual survivor greatly enriched our entire museum experience.
P.S. In afterthought, I am not sure if I was allowed to take the picture of Estella and I in the museum, but no one asked us to stop (a number of us wanted to take pictures with her) and I am happy to be able to share them with you
Written August 8, 2016
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Silvia D
Toronto, Canada30 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
Very interesting museum, and I didn't know that WW II hit Greece / Thessaloniki that badly. Broke our heart.
Written July 9, 2016
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