Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki was founded to honour the rich and creative Sephardic heritage as it evolved in the city after the 15th century.

Through several exhibits and photos, the visitor receives information on the religious and everyday life of the Jews of Thessaloniki up to WWII.

It is laid out on two levels and comprises a) a display of tombstones from the ancient Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki b) a photographic exhibit “Thessaloniki, Sephardic Metropolis”, c) an ethnographic part with religious artefacts and memorabilia, d) a part dedicated to the Holocaust in Thessaloniki.


Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
13, Agiou Mina Street
546 24 Thessaloniki

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+30 2310 250406-7
The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki is but one of several endeavours created within the structure of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, located in the very heart of the city, a silent witness to the great Jewish presence that once filled its streets with the language of Cervantes, redolent with the odours of the kitchens of Seville and Toledo, silent from Friday to Saturday during Shabbat. It is one of the rare Jewish structures that survived the fire of 1917. This imposing building has at times housed the Bank of Athens and the offices of the Jewish newspaper “L’ Independent” and is a silent witness to the great Jewish presence. The building was renovated by the “Cultural Capital of Europe Organization Thessaloniki 1997”.
a) The tombstones on display are relics of the ancient Jewish cemetery which was destroyed and looted during German Occupation. The tombstones were used as building material by civilians and many of the city institutions. b) The Simon Marks Photographic Exhibit “Thessaloniki, Sephardic Metropolis”. This collection was assembled through the efforts of the late Myriam Novitch of the kibbutz Beth Lohamei Ha Gettaoth in Israel. Its reproduction for the JMTh was funded by the “Michael Marks Charitable Trust”. c) Most of the artefacts of the Museum collection are donated to the by individuals, as are the photographs comprised in the Museum photo archive. The Museum disposes of a library open to all visitors.

From the collection