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Jewish museum, Odessa

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#9 of 20 in Museums in Odessa
Despite the small parameters of the museum (total area of exhibition space is 160 sq meters) “Migdal Shorashim” serves as the only Jewish museum in all of the Ukraine where over a period of 9 years it has gathered a rich collection of almost 15000 materials (including documents, photographs, books, newspapers, postcards, religious garment, household goods, music instruments and other pieces of art).

Every year the museum receives thousands of guests, leads a great number of excursions and tours, welcomes numerous researchers and students from the USA, Israel, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Brasil, Eastern Europian countries and other countries around the world.

The museum also supports initiatives in the area of Jewish research and in its joined efforts with other Jewish organizations, Ukrainian state museums, archives, and various universities in the city and the grater Ukraine not to mention a great number of foreign specialists and researchers, works to popularize Jewish history of Odessa.
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  • July 14, 2017
    Small museum but important and interesting. Odessa use to be a huge Jewish cultural center, and it is so interesting to learn about this community' past and current. In many ways Odessa still has a lo...  more »
  • November 17, 2016
    The museum is located in a courtyard off of Nejinskaya Street. The entrance fee is a donation with a suggested minimum of 50 UAH. The woman who was working when I went was very nice and gave me a quic...  more »
  • October 19, 2016
    My grandfather was an Odessa Jew who left after the pogroms in 1905, so I really wanted to see this museum. It is small--still relatively new and hopefully growing. Most of the descriptions are in Rus...  more »
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  • Highly recommended for a low-paced retreat to the past. The Jewish museum is a community museum that holds gifts of Jewish families. It is hence not arranged chronologically. The manager has plenty of personal stories to tell concerning the exhibitions and loves a good chat. Museum is hidden in the back of a courtyard. Enter building 66 and you'll see it straight ahead. Works on a basis of suggested donations of 50-100 UAH per person.
  • Nice museum with very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Hard to find, but worth the search. Sad that this us all that's left from a community that used to be 45% of Odessa's population. Entrance is free, but please go and donate, or this place won't last long.

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