The Jewish Museum of Greece was founded in 1977 aiming to collect, preserve, research and exhibit the material evidence of 2300 years of Jewish life in Greece.
The idea of building a Jewish Museum of Greece was first conceived in the 1970’s by members of the Jewish Community of Athens, who offered every kind of assistance towards the realisation of this dream. The Museum was first established in 1977 and housed in a small room next to the city’s synagogue. In the years that followed the Museum activities and collection were expanded continuously.
Twenty years after it first opened its doors to the public, the Museum moved to 39 Nikis street, its new address in the centre of Athens.
In the following years it developed significantly and extended all its activities, and especially the educational ones. Also, it improved its visitors services and conducted thorough research efforts, the results of which were communicated through several temporary exhibitions and special publications. Contact and communication with the public and international relations and activities of the JMG, signal an extensive social and scientific information and influence exchange.
The purpose of the JMG is:
To collect, preserve and exhibit all elements of the history, tradition and culture of the Greek Jewish community.
To research, study and record the tangible and intangible heritage of the Greek Jews and to communicate such for the purposes of education and enjoyment.
To introduce visitors of all ages and nationalities to the diversity of the Greek Jewish heritage, in the context of the Greek history.
To foster cross-cultural understanding among people.
To promote public dialogue about tolerance and respect for people of all religions, races, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds, using lessons from the Holocaust.
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION FEES:
Monday to Friday: 9.00-14.30
Admission fees: Adults 6 euros, students 3 euros
Guided tour fees for groups: 50 € (upon arrangement)