Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum, Bridgetown

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Absorb some history at Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum, the only synagogue in town and one of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Learn about the building's history and the people it serviced, and discover how it endured through hurricanes, governmental seizure, and eventual renovation in 1986. Be sure to view the subterranean mikveh, ritual baths, discovered by chance and excavated in 2008, and take a stroll through the tranquil cemetery. Add Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum and other attractions to your Bridgetown trip itinerary using our Bridgetown tour itinerary maker website .
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  • Our first visit to the Synagogue - unfortunately the museum was closed - but will revisit next time we are in Barbados. Very interesting and impressive interior.  more »
  • Located in the aptly named synagogue lane is the Nidhe Israel museum and synagogue that was founded in 1654, making it the oldest in the Western hemisphere. It has been restored and is open to the pub...  more »
  • This was a fascinating bit of Barbados history that we just stumbled upon while walking around Bridgetown. This synagogue dates to 1654 and is the oldest in the Americas. The little museum is excellen...  more »
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  • It made a strong impression on me, and made me think about sad stuff, like how far away persecuted people had to relocate in order to survive. The cemetery is huge and glummy. Museum is small, but by visiting it you really support the entire place. Try to see the old Mikva. It is the oldest structure.
  • One of the oldest synagogues in the western hemisphere. The ritual mikveh is a must visit the museum has a wealth of information about the early sephardic community. Beautifully maintain by the Barbados National Trust.
  • Walked by while in Bridgetown. The synagogue had a caretaker inside who let us in (shorts OK) and let us take pictures, no hassle about donating or paying to visit. The cemetery is also open and you can walk among the gravestones. There's a museum on the same plot but it was closed when we came by, even though the synagogue was open.
  • Beautiful old Synagogue. Very friendly people. Services 7:30PM Fridays, none on Saturdays.
  • The oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere The new improvements done to the area really helps this historic land mark stand out in bridgetown They is normally a care taker at the synagogue to show you around the museum is interesting as well but they is a charge to enter Coffee shop and other shops are supposed to open in the near future
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