Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens

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The Jewish Museum of Greece is a museum in Athens, Greece. It was established by Nicholas Stavroulakis in 1977 to preserve the material culture of the Greek Jews.
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  • This small museum offers insight into the history of the Jewish community in Greece and contains some beautiful furnishings and Judaica from synagogues across Greece. It's all well presented and easy ...  more »
  • The museum was very nice and very interesting. The story of the Greek Jewish community is important and interesting while very sad, since most of the greek Jews were murdered during WWII. The movie in...  more »
  • It is a small museum with large number of exhibits. Museum's location is not farfrom the Syntagma metro station. Highly recommended for anyone who wish to learn on the Jewish Spharadic communities in ...  more »
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  • Very interesting exhibits of a wide variety and carefully constructed levels
  • I was nice surprised to see so many remembrances from the Greek Jewish world! And the service was really nice.
  • It's a moving narrative of Jewish Greeks and Judaism in the world. It's centrally located near many ancient landmarks giving it an extra level of context when speaking of Israel and its early beginnings. A beautiful building with a sense of calmness and a library and exhibition space. Do visit it, there's a lot to learn and/or a lot to be reminded of.
  • The museum spirals upwards, a few steps per floor. The elevator, which you probably won`t need, has three stops. One very nice feature is the fact that the descriptions, in Greek and in English, are printed out and laminated so you don't have to bend down to read labels like in other museums. I would like to see more space devoted to the history of Greek Jewry. The sections on customs, religious artifacts and the Holocaust are very good, although the lighting in the Holocaust section needs to be improved. I found the information on Jews in the Greek resistance very informative. There is a nice gift shop which among the souvenirs also contains embroidery and some excellent relevant books.
  • After visiting dozens of museums at some point you realize it's not just about the collection but the way the curators chose to display it. This is an excellent overview of the treasures of the Greek Jewish history.

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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