Jewish Museum of Australia
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
12:30 PM - 3:00 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 - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Jewish Museum of Australia is an inclusive, interactive Museum which strives to engage people with Jewish culture.It houses a permanent exhibition as well as rotating temporary exhibitions.The Jewish Museum of Australia is custodian of over 20,000 objects and stories that tell the continuum of Jewish life and what it means to be Jewish in Australia.
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LondonWelshboyo
Edgware, UK237 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This museum works for anybody who wants to find out the basics of Jewish ritual and also the history of Jews in Australia with some coming on the first convict ship. It showed that even though Jews were restricted in the UK at that time, in Australia, they were free to achieve at any level and they did. Worth the trip out to St Kilda.
Written February 3, 2020
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creativecrew
Allentown, PA2,334 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
We loved this museum! Easy to get to via public transportation from Melbourne. It is in St Kilda not far from the beach and restaurant scene.

Welcoming staff. Great historical exhibits. Wonderful to see how they captured stories from families and presented Jewish life!
Written January 3, 2020
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fanfandango
Brighton, Australia525 contributions
Sep 2022
A wonderful display of history, artefacts, spoken recordings, furnishings, personal donations of homewares and religious items.
I thought I'd be there an hour or so but there was so much to see and it was so well presented.
Plenty of staff on hand to answer questions.
Written October 9, 2022
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AINOZ
Melbourne, Australia90 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
When you imagine a Museum you think a big building, lots of exhibits, this museum is small in size but big in history, detail and heart! A very emotional and special place, it is a must visit for all of us. We must never forget this part of our history so we never let it happen again.
Written January 17, 2019
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harry1one
Brisbane, Australia100 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Yes , after many attempts we found it , we where lucky on our visit as they had high school pupils visitng so we hung close to the rep who was speaking and listened to the history lesson given out and actually learnt something ,the staff where very nice and helpfull , really enjoyed the time there
Written May 6, 2019
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Barry H
77 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
We went to the Jewish Museum primarily to see the Amy Winehouse exhibition, which was very good, however the rest of the museum was interesting too.
It gave an insight to the Jewish religion and culture, as well as their history in Australia.
Written March 4, 2018
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Rhonda028
Melbourne, Australia127 contributions
Apr 2013 • Family
The JMA is wonderful museum, and shows the impact the Jewish Community has had on
Australian Society ! Well worth a visit! There is a permanent exhibition, and many temporary
exhibits to appeal to everyone, locals and tourists!
Written July 30, 2013
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Winstonthedog
Porto, Portugal665 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Although more of a traditional museum, the staff and displays were excellent and gave one a great introduction and understanding of Jewish Australia.
Written November 27, 2018
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nocatnow
Melbourne, Australia841 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
We visited the Melbourne Synagogue during the Open House Melbourne Weekend. The large building, which dominates the corner of St Kilda Road and Toorak Road, had intrigued me over the years, so it was great to be able to take a tour. We were fortunate to be guided by Ronny, a very personable man who is employed by the community to assist with services, attend to outreach and generally promote the synagogue's role.

Ronny told us a bit about the history of the synagogue in Melbourne and the current building. We watched part of a DVD on celebrations held within the lovely space. Ronny also explained some Jewish customs and answered many a question from the group. He had a wicked sense of humour, too, but I won't repeat his jokes!

After looking at the huge main building, we walked outside and entered the minor synagogue to the rear, where most services are held. Apparently it's not permitted to read from the Torah unless ten men are present, and there are many other synagogues in the general area, so sometimes there are not the required minimum numbers.

We were made to feel most welcome, and thank members of the Jewish community, and other volunteers, for giving their time on the weekend.
Written August 1, 2016
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AlanofBalwyn
Melbourne VIC Australia4 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
Outstanding. I was but one of thirty plus members of our Uniting Church visiting on Sunday 17 Jan. 2016. For about three hours Michael our excellent guide took us through the Jewish story with the aid of displays & an excellent timeline on the floor. (Plenty of rests, comfy chairs & 'restrooms'). Questions were many and varied but all were extremely well answered even the odd contentious ones. I know the other members of our party similarly enjoyed the visit which culminated in a forty five minute visit to the adjacent East St Kilda Synagogue. On hearing of our visit, others have expressed interest but have feared The Holocaust to which their concerns were ameliorated as there is a separate dedicated museum elsewhere in Melbourne. This was the best guided tour I have ever undertaken anywhere in my global travels & this is saying a lot. Hum drum in comparison were some cathedral & other non-religious guided tours, & this coming from a Christian. So many elements of our faiths are linked, & for me, this visit enhanced our visit. Thanks again. [PS. Overseas Tourists will benefit from knowing that the Melbourne Jewish population is the largest in Australia, hence the Main museum is located here.] One suggestion, is that the gift shop have more variously costed 'Menorah', fridge magnets, & wider memorabilia.
Written March 10, 2016
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Jewish Museum of Australia is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Mon 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Tue - Thu 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM