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Museum and Art Gallery

 
 
The National Jewish Memorial Centre houses a small museum and art gallery which is open to the public and school groups.
 

Museum

The central display cases of the museum, currently located in the foyer of the building, are designed to educate visitors on basic aspects of Judaism. Subjects covered are:
  • The Story of Judaism
  • Rabbinic Judaism and the Jewish Life Cycle
  • The Sabbath and Jewish Festivals
  • Modern Jewish People and The State of Israel
  • Australian Jewish Community
  • The Holocaust.
The collection consists of objects that have been owned by the ACT Jewish Community for many years, as well as items which have been donated or are on loan, especially for this display. The collection incorporates many items which were gifted to the Community by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as official presentations by visiting dignitaries to former Prime Ministers.
 
Hours of Opening
The museum is open to the public from 10:00am to 3:00pm Monday to Thursday. It closes at 2:00pm for all Jewish festivals. It is also closed on Jewish and public holidays.
 
Self-Guided Tours
The museum is designed to be self-guided for small groups, and an attractive, easy to follow guide book in two sizes has been developed for this purpose. The books are available for sale at the museum.
 
Group Tours
Guided tours can be arranged for school or large groups by making prior arrangements with the Community office. We can tailor these group tours together with you to accommodate your group's specific requirements and interests.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Art Gallery

 

The current exhibition comes from the Polish Embassy which gave access to a photographic exhibition of chasidim returning to destroyed shtetls in Poland. 

It hangs in the new exhibition space along the curved blockwork wall of the recently completed wing of the National Jewish Memorial Centre. 

The photographs were taken by Ms Agnieszka Traczewska who met some of the pilgrims, and after gaining their confidence, was accepted into their private world, and was able to capture the piety of the activities of the pilgrims.  Her photographic collection has become a world-wide exhibition carrying the title “Bracha – Blessing.  Back to Polish Shtetls”. 

It was first shown to the public at the United Nations headquarters in New York in January 2019 as part of The International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Since then, it has been displayed in Dusseldorf in Germany at the Polish Institute of Culture and at the Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv.

 
Hours of opening are the same as the Museum & Library. 
 
Sun, 29 November 2020 13 Kislev 5781