Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
4.5
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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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  • Davebwiseman
    Droitwich, United Kingdom168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very well told story of a tragic history
    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.
    Thank you for your review.
    Written October 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 30, 2023
  • AnnPalmerUK
    137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some interesting exhibits and well laid out
    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
    Thank you for your review.
    Written November 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • etinArcadiaEgo66
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom292 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A MOVING AND SUPPORTIVE VISIT TO THE JEWISH MUSEUM
    I wanted to show my support for Jewish people in these difficult times . The terrible history of the removal and murder of Thessaloniki’s large Jewish population to Auschwitz in 1943 is well recorded and deeply moving. Reading Salonica, City of Ghosts by Mark Mazower, he mentions Ptolemeon street, from where many were removed. We stayed in an apartment in that street. This really brought it home to me.
    Thank you for your review.
    Written April 9, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2024
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Dan R
Herzliya, Israel647 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Tourist738810
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We tried to visit the museum on April 16, 2024; walked a long way to get there and have very limited time in Thessaloniki so every minute counts. We arrived at 1:17 p. m. but the museum was closed, even though the posted hours indicate that it closes at 2:00 pm. This was extremely disappointing and I think the people in charge should know about this early closing.
Written April 16, 2024
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We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience you experienced in not being able to visit our museum. Our last entrance is scheduled half an hour before closing time to ensure all visitors have adequate time to explore our exhibits. We appreciate your feedback and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future for a more enjoyable experience. Thank you for taking the time to share your review.
Written May 10, 2024
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SvenskaMob
Richmond, VA68 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thank you for your review.
Written November 20, 2023
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AnnPalmerUK
137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thank you for your review.
Written November 20, 2023
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Liz T
Colgate, WI30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thank you for your review.
Written September 3, 2021
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Davebwiseman
Droitwich, UK168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thank you for your review.
Written October 2, 2023
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dpgee_9
Paphos, Cyprus38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
toronto4,521 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Canada29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Frindlerta
New York City, NY136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
Comprehensive, good museum on the history of the the rather large Jewish population of Thessaloniki. A piece of history, many find hard to believe, Thessaloniki at its heights was a majority Jewish city. So much that the port was closed on shabbat. Today there is almost no remnants of Jewish life left. Sad. Make sure to visit this very important musuem.
Written October 28, 2015
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