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Jewish Museum of Greece

The Jewish Museum in Plaka covers the history of the Jewish presence in Greece.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1977 The museum was founded.

    1995 Beginning of the building’s restoration by Michalis Tylianakis. Completed in 1999.

    1997 Transferred to the present building.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

Housed in a neoclassical building of the 19th century with a total area of ​​800 sq.m., the Jewish Museum of Greece consists of three floors, which are internally divided into three other sub-levels. In the centre, there is an octagonal staircase and a domed skylight for natural light. The exhibits of the museum are over 2000 years old and concern the Jewish presence in Greece, but also highlight the Jewish interaction with the Christians. The collection is displayed in a spiral, and is constantly updated, and includes artistic creations, religious objects, photographs, documents, archives, and other objects. The most important exhibits include the Romanesque Synagogue of Patras and the personal belongings of Holocaust victims.

What I can't see

It is one of the three most important Jewish museums in Europe, and maintains a high level of involvement in the fields of research, periodical exhibitions, and other cultural events. The museum library is also important. The museum was first housed in the offices of the Jewish community, then in a building on Amalias Avenue, and finally in the building on Nikis Street. Only the exterior facades of the building are preserved, as its interior has undergone sweeping changes.


  • Address: 39 Nikis St.
  • Postal Code : 10557


Open House Athens, (2016), Εβραϊκό Μουσείο, [Jewish Museum] OHA

Open House Athens, (2017), Εβραϊκό Μουσείο, [Jewish Museum] OHA

Unsigned, (2014), Navigating the routes of Art and Culture, Part 1, Athens, Ministry of Culture and Sports

Yohalas T., Kafetzaki Τ., (2013), Αθήνα, Ιχνηλατώντας την πόλη με οδηγό την ιστορία και τη λογοτεχνία [Athens, Tracing the city guided by history and literature], ESTIA Bookstore

Jewish Museum of Greece, (2017), Το κτήριο, [The building], in

Last visit: 19/10/2020