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Sydney Jewish Museum
Ranked #39 of 475 things to do in Sydney
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Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Sure it's great for those who like this stuff but not for me.

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“Humanity at its Worse”
Reviewed 10 February 2012

The Jewish Museum is a tragic example of humanity at its worse- real life photos that will rock you to the core and survivor testimonies to the brutality of human kind. The survivors should all be knighted by the Queen and lauded as the war heroes they are; they fought and won against the Axis Powers in their own way.

Do your research before you go, so that you can just absorb the testimonies and images, rather than read the exhibits. This is a Museum where you should, and you will feel.

Visited December 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Jewish Museum”
Reviewed 8 February 2012

An incredibly sensitive but factual museum which needs to be visited by everyone

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Junee, Australia
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“A wonderful memorial”
Reviewed 3 February 2012

This museum in Darlinghurst is extremely interesting to gain an in sight into the Jewish History of Sydney. It also has a whole section on the holocaust and a memorial. Facilities for group visits are offered with the experience starting with a DVD about Jewish people in Sydney. One of the best but humbling experiences is being guided by a relation of, or a holocaust survivor.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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“Educational and Touching”
Reviewed 3 February 2012

My family had Jewish connections from the eastern side and I was interested to learn more. I went with my friend and her 2 year old. Despite the angst of a runaway kid, our tour guide, Susan was very understanding and knowledgeable. She had relatives who were affected by the holocaust. The highlight of it all was meeting a Auschwitz survivor, Ed, who volunteered at the museum and the other polish holocaust survivor. Listening to their experiences was indeed heartbreaking . There was tiny sparks of miracles among the insurmountable tragedies as told by those who lived through that dark time. The saddest part of the Jewish Museum is the little memorial hall where Jewish families left photographs of their departed ones killed in the holocaust. More poignant was the photographs of children. Names were inscribed on walls of those who had to undergo inhumanity that I hope the world will never see again. I spent 4 hours there before I had to leave for my flight.

The building itself is an interior design curiosity and shaped like a Magen David (star of David), there were very interesting murals and computer terminals to learn the difference between orthodox and progressive Jewish practices. The first level starts off lightheartedly about the origins of Jews as Israelites and the Torah. It gets sadder and sadder as you venture up higher because it starts covering pogroms and then finally the holocaust.

The cafe at the top provided large servings of food. The proprietor was very understanding with a restless 2 year old. He was very friendly and offered suggestions of where to try Kosher or Israeli or Kosher and Israeli restaurants in Sydney. I departed from the homeliness of his tiny cafe. It is well worth going if you are interested in history but not a place to take a child even though the staff are very understanding and even helpful. One Chinese child has now a Jewish teddy bear to remember her trip now. The shop staff were so kind that my friend decided to buy the teddy bear for her kid .

Visited October 2011
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