About Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki (Museo Djidio De Salonik) tells the story of the city’s Jewish community since the 3rd century BC.
Established to explore the history and heritage of Sephardic Jews since their arrival following expulsion from Spain in the 15th century, the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki now has four main themes, expressed in a series of galleries. Each exhibit and collection is made up of a range of artefacts, information, documents and photographs.
One of the main exhibits takes the visitor through Jewish history in Thessaloniki from the 3rd century BC right up to World War II including an exploration of pre-War life – both religious and otherwise – in the city. There is also a gallery dedicated to the old Jewish necropolis, with items and artefacts such as tombstones from the site.
In addition, the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki has a gallery focused on the Holocaust and its effects on the community within the city.
It’s worth noting that the building of the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki is part of history itself, being one of the only buildings in the Jewish quarter to have survived a devastating fire in 1917.