Jewish Museum Lecce
Jewish Museum Lecce
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
About
The museum is located in a medieval building, which now presents itself as a late 16th – 17th century palazzo. It encompasses the remains of a 15th century synagogue, which was right in the centre of the Jewish district in Lecce. Visitors to the museum can see the pools that in all likelihood were once used for ritual bathing (mikwa’ot), the doorpost groove that housed the sacred parchment with religious verses from the Scriptures (mezuzah), as well as significant remains of the church that later partially incorporated the earlier synagogue. Visitors are invited to follow the threads linking the Jewish presence in Lecce from the Middle Ages to the present; the legacy of Apulian Judaism visible within other communities of the diaspora, as well as the threads linking Judaism with other faith communities in and around Lecce. We also provide themed tours for tourists interested in discovering the history of the Jewish presence in Apulia.
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Steve H
Budapest, Hungary34 contributions
Oct 2022
Reducing prices to make this experience more accessible.
€38 per person for a guided tour around the tiny Jewish quarter is daylight robbery and means that pensioners like me have no chance to visit other than googling for info before visiting.
The museum itself costs €9 per person for a tour, one cannot simply wander around at one's own speed. This too is super expensive if you consider that that many of the world's great museums are free!
Very disappointing. But of course if you have €100k you can become a platinum supporter. I think this museum needs to review its raison d'etre.
Written October 25, 2022
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mznw3
London, UK70 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We found the tour of the Jewish Museum both fascinating and moving, with Claudia, our guide, explaining the hidden history of the Jews in Lecce and the south of Italy. We particularly enjoyed the sense that there was still a lot to be learnt, and were encouraged by the commitment shown by those who had set up the museum to try and learn about this submerged (in many senses) aspect of Lecce’s past, which tends to read as if nothing happened between the Romans and the Baroque. Definitely recommended.
Written October 8, 2020
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Dear Madam, we would like to thank you very much for your review. It was very kind of you to take the time to post it. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit! Best regards, Jewish Museum Lecce
Written October 9, 2020
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Laurene M
San Francisco, CA379 contributions
May 2022
A tour is required at this museum but afterwards, visitors can spend more time looking at the exhibits which focus on the Community during World War II and after when many tried to leave for Israel. Italians were oftentimes helpful in getting survivors of the War, to Israel. Earlier in the history, many Jews were successful merchants.
Written May 12, 2022
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eatlocal1ofakind
Minneapolis, MN712 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We went to the English tour of this unique museum and were amazed at what we learned about the Jewish history in Italy. A big thank you to the family that provided the funding to tell the story and curate the exhibits. I am sure most people pass this museum by. Do Not! worth every bit of the 9 euros and 30 minutes.
Written September 17, 2023
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bng72021
London, UK19 contributions
Sep 2022
Not much in the way of artefacts from Lecce's ancient jewish community.However the photographic exhibition of the displacement persons camps in Southern Italy was interesting.A guided tour was really not necessary, but I guess they have to warrant the 9 euro charge for entry. A mezuzah niche on a doorway, and the sight of what may have been a mikveh was shown to us. Worth a visit though to support them
Written September 30, 2022
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Stephen K
Montpelier, VT65 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
We visited the museum and went on a short tour. It was nine dollars per person including the tour. It was a wonderful museum and I’m very glad we found it. Thank you to the people who set it up it is a Good thing for Lecce and for visitors.
Written October 31, 2021
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Dear Sir, we would like to thank you very much for your review. It was very kind of you to take the time to post it. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit! Best regards, Jewish Museum Lecce
Written February 2, 2022
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Seaside392461
2 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
The tour was so interesting. I learned many new things and really enjoyed seeing the actual places in Lecce where the synagogue, the Jewish market, and the Jewish neighborhood had been. Marta was a knowledgeable guide who cares deeply about our history. I highly recommend going to this museum!!
Written April 26, 2023
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mellevy1
Geneva, Switzerland12 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Yes the baroque church or the Sacred Cross is beautiful but so are so many others in Italy and Europe so….the surprise came with the discovery of its reason of being built there.

The once prosperous Jewish community of Puglia region was, with the kind help if Isabel (the one from the inquisition) and her great-grand child Charles the 5th methodically erased.
Thank you Marta for the guided tour of the Jewish quarter. If we come back to Lecce is only to do the longer tour!
Written August 12, 2021
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Dear Mel, we would like to thank you very much for your review. It was very kind of you to take the time to post it. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit! Best regards, Jewish Museum Lecce
Written February 2, 2022
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,824 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
Nice little but illuminating museum, under what used to be a 15th-century synagogue. Deals mostly with the history of Jews in the region from about the 9th to 17th-century.
Written March 9, 2019
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Dear KodoDrummer, we would like to thank you very much for your visit and for taking the time to share your review. Your contribution is really helpful for us. We hope to see you again in Lecce. Best regards, Jewish Museum Lecce
Written October 16, 2020
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filsfieryfurnace
London, UK90 contributions
Sep 2020
Fascinating experience. I think the guided tour is compulsory - take it, it was enthralling,. This was a.real surprise, and a contrast to all the mainstream baroque churches with their conventional interpretation/ticketing/crowds.
Written September 18, 2020
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Dear Sir, we would like to thank you very much for your review. It was very kind of you to take the time to post it. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit! Best regards, Jewish Museum Lecce
Written September 21, 2020
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