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The Vilna Shul

Closes in 29 min: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Open today: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Nice accident

Visiting the area and came across this place by accident. Great restoration job and great piece of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Charlottetown, Canada
Fantastic museum in the basement highlight the history of Boston's jewish community

We spent several hours reading the detailed history of Jews in Boston. It was so interesting to... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
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The Vilna Shul is Boston's only authentic Jewish historical, cultural and spritiual site. Located on the North Slope of Beacon Hill, the Old Back of Town, the Vilna continues to be a place of learning (shul) and is portal that allows visitors to...more
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18 Phillips St, Boston, MA 02114-3711
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting the area and came across this place by accident. Great restoration job and great piece of Jewish/American/Boston history.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Spuddler
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We spent several hours reading the detailed history of Jews in Boston. It was so interesting to learn that there was such a large Jewish community in the early 1900's. Highly recommended but be sure the museum is open (limited hours)

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 332Susan
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This synagogue is about 100 years old, and the last remaining one of its era. It's been restored, and you can see what it once looked like. It's worth a visit. Tours are self guided.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mark42139
Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Last year we visited the US east coast, NYC, Boston, Arcadia and so on. One of the best things i kept in mind from our four week trip was Peggy and the Vilna School. What a wonderful two hour experience. I can recommend going in...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Andreas B
Reviewed 22 October 2017

We visited off a cruise and did not expect it to be open but they let us in. There is some history about Vilna and how the synagogue was formed, it is not easy to find up in Beacon Hill. Worth a visit if you...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank jfd
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This synagogue has been here since the early 1900's. It is being restored slowly as funding is needed. Tours are free and should be booked ahead although not necessary. You might want to make sure it is open. The staff are happy to give you...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Shelley R
Reviewed 31 July 2017

The Vilna Shul is truly a gem. You step back in time to Boston's early 20th century Jewish community, which thrived on Beacon Hill, and in the West and North Ends. The last of the dozens of Jewish synagogues in those neighborhoods to close, the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank mousebooks
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Our visit to the Vilna Shul was an unexpected delight. Our docent gave an excellent description of the historical significance of this building and the "pioneers" who first gathered there as a community. It was especially interesting to observe the restoration efforts, and the hidden...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Craig M
Reviewed 20 July 2017

This former Lithuanian synagogue is historic and fascinating. The docent was excellent giving us the history of this former orthodox synagogue. It is now a cultural center in need of funds to return it to its glory. We hope they find an angel to achieve...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank jbwhitehouse
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I was visiting a friend in Boston who suggesting touring this small, historic synagogue. I am glad I agreed to go because the history of the building and the Jewish community in Boston are very interesting. The tour guide was informative and friendly. I highly...More

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank lesln
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