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“Moving and enlightening”

Sydney Jewish Museum
Ranked #39 of 474 things to do in Sydney
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Albany, Australia
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“Moving and enlightening”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

The museum is extremely well laid out, with Jewish culture on the ground floor an important introduction to the holocaust story told throughout the upper floors. It addresses Judaism in Australia, and includes a memorial, poignant art works and excellent storyboards.
Packed with artefacts, photographs and video footage, the museum is fascinating and moving in equal measure. We must not ever forget this shameful era in the history of humankind, and the museum presents the Jewish story with pride and sensitivity.
Thank you to the wonderful staff, whose knowledge, stories and personal experience coloured the visit. They were willing to talk - at length if necessary - to answer questions and explain any aspect of the stories exhibited.
We spent five hours there - with a couple of breaks at the excellent cafe - to view the exhibition, but we will definitely go back when we are next in Sydney and take a guided tour next time.
The Jewish Museum was definitely a highlight of our Sydney visit and I recommend it.

Visited May 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

Very interesting museum to visit, found in a very central location just 30 minutes walk from the Sydney CBD. One Sunday of the month you can visit the museum for free.

Visited March 2012
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“Extremely moving experience”
Reviewed June 2, 2012

Each year we visit the Jewish Musuem and we never tire of it. The Musuem is split over numerous floors with displays about Judaism, the Holocaust and a memorial to the victims. The Musuem is also staff by volunteers with some association to the Holocaust. Our group was fortunate to meet a holocaust survivor - the elegant Olga. Her amazing survival story is inspirational. This is a must visit for everyone to develop a further appreciation about the impact of hatred can have.

Visited May 2012
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“An excellent combination”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

This small museum does a fantastic job in it's two very separate aims. One is to tell the story of Jewish History in Australia. Jews came here as convicts with the First Fleet !The second part is the story of the Holocaust. Sensitively told with guides (getting pretty old now) who are survivors. Very educational and also inspiring

Visited April 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“A Gem”
Reviewed May 10, 2012

Right on the corner of Burton St and Darlinghurst Road, the Museum has been revitalised by extensive renovation. There is a sweeping staircase from ground to the upper floors. The first floor has a really good kosher cafe. My lunch plate of hummus, falafel & salad with bread was excellent as lovely soup aromas wafted around. There is a Gallery alongside the cafe with changing exhibitions. The rest of the museum is about the history of Judaism and the Australian Jewish community. I was impressed by it's presentation.
This would make a nice addition to exploring the Galleries around Darlinghurst and the National Art School grounds, which is an amazing old jail with exhibition spaces.
There is an entry fee, though it's free the the first sunday of each month. Closed Saturday and Jewish holidays so it pays to check their site http://www.sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au/Visitor-Info/default.aspx. The staff are charming and friendly, there is a gift shop and a library.

Visited April 2012
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