Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum, Bridgetown

4.6
#2 of 11 in Historic Sites in Bridgetown
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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  • Originally built in the 17th century and restored a number of times since, the most recent work has not only faithfully rebuilt the synagogue to its original design, but also restored the graveyard...  more »
  • It is recommended to visit. An interesting and historical part of Barbados. Enjoyable guiding with the story of this island..  more »
  • The museum is beautiful and well designed. The story of the synagogue and the Jews who contributed to the outstanding story of this island is worth every moment of a visit here. Its a peaceful...  more »
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  • It was extremely interesting. The museum was fascinating and Eric Bowman gave us a very enlightening and informative talk. Thank you Eric!
  • An unexpected achealogical find in an unlikely setting. Worth a visit to undetstand a unique piece of history.
  • The oldest in the northern hemisphere, with amazing restoration work done by photographs.
  • I am not Jewish nevertheless I was intrigued. It took a while to find the entrance but it was worth it. I saw several tombstones from centuries ago, still in good formation. Some had the Star of David and some had another Jewish symbol (that I cannot remember at the moment). I learnt about Mikvah, and was impressed to see the room in shape and water that was clear enough to see the bottom. I sensed a surge of reverence, when I entered the synagogue. At one point, I was too afraid to speak. Don't forget to drop a donation on the way out.
  • Oldest temple in the Americans. Lot's of history and the contributions Jews made on the island.
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