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Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
Ranked #18 of 157 things to do in Thessaloniki
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Can you imagine sitting in your home - in the same city where your family has been for 300 years - and one day, you and all of your family are simply removed and annihilated? This isn't science fiction and it isn't ancient history. This is 70 years ago. Don't believe it could happen today? Look at the images in this museum. See the faces of the families. Look into their eyes. This is human and important. I'm so pleased this museum exists to tell this important story. It is exceptionally well put together. It is on Minna - my favorite street in Thessaloniki just two blocks from the waterfront and the fragrant orange blossoms on the street drew me back over and over again. It should be noted that there is a walking tour of Jewish Thessaloniki that has nothing to do with the museum but they really should be connected and/or cross promoted, as one could go to the museum and not realize that there is a City Walking Tour to bring the exhibition to life in 3D. The tour operates on Fridays around 11 AM, so I would ask about that as well. The museum fee is around 3 Euro. I gave them more.

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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Interesting collection of artifacts and photos from the Jewish community. Not very large, plan to spend 60 to 90 minutes viewing the complete collection, but most will learn a lot about an interesting community that was tragically destroyed by the Nazis. When we were there, there was a special exhibit of contemporary art as well. Most tourist maps I saw do show location, so not that hard to find, right off main street Venizelou. Check the hours before you head there, they are limited. I don't recall if there was an admission fee, but if so, it was not very much.

3  Thank rs7517
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

It is interesting to viisit it because in Thessaloniki the Jewish have been a big part of population before the 2nd world war and they helped the city to growth with the trade ect. and to see their happits and the history of them it is a part of the cities history.

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Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile



Located in an isolated area behind Nikos, the Main Street at the waterfront. Be prepared to ask for directions to locate the building no signs evident from either the east or west side streets.

Once found, there is a sign on the building, you will have to be allowed in by the guard at the desk.

The first floor exhibits center around pictures with a history of the Jewish citizens in the city. All exhibits are in English and Greek. The second floor provides a timeline of the Jewish citizens dating back to BC period until current times.

The history is touching and poignant, brings back sad memories at times. Worth a visit.


Thank Patricia W
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

This museum is tiny, but has an important collection of Ladino carvings as well as photos from Salonica's important Jewish past

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