What’s On


Kids & Family Exhibition Trail

This self-guided kids & family exhibition trail has been designed to guide our youngest visitors around aspects of the Museum’s Collection through the four permanent exhibitions: Calling Australia Home, Timeline of Jewish History, The Jewish Year and Belief and Ritual.

Comparing the Museum with a giant treasure box, children will receive the exhibition trail and coloured pencils in their own special treasure box, a place where they can collect and keep their special things and stories. Children are then invited to explore the objects and their stories in the galleries and hopefully realise the museum is a place to see and feel new things, a place to ask questions, to make connections, to be creative and most importantly – to have fun!

Age group: Suitable for all ages.
Cost: Free with Museum admission.
Time: Available at all times


Every last Sunday of the month throughout the Andy Warhol exhibition period

Family Friendly Guided Tour of ‘Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses’

Come along to a family friendly guided tour of the Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses exhibition. Find out more about the ten Jewish geniuses, Warhol and his amazing art techniques using a vibrant, beautifully designed children’s activity sheet.

Suitable for all ages.

Cost: Free with Museum admission.
Date: Every last Sunday of the month throughout the Andy Warhol exhibition period.
Time: 11am
Location: Jewish Museum of Australia

Sunday 1 February 2015 Meet at 10.15am, 10.30am start (approximately 2 hours)

St Kilda Walk

As part of the St Kilda Festival 2015 and to complement the Jewish Museum of Australia permanent exhibition Calling Australia Home, the St Kilda Walk traces the history of Yiddish St Kilda, where Sunday trading began in Melbourne. After Carlton, St Kilda became the home of many Jewish people in Melbourne and it was here many Jewish migrants gathered on a Sunday to shop, socialise and discuss politics. Join us as part of St Kilda Festival and find out why Jewish families loved this beachside suburb now infused with a European sensibility. You’ll visit Linden Art Gallery; St Kilda Town Hall; Christ’s Church Parish Hall; Luna Park; the Palais Theatre and Acland Street with its wonderful cake shops.

For your comfort, we suggest you bring an umbrella, sunscreen, water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Meeting point: meet at St Kilda Town Hall (under the portico)

Time: 10.15am for a 10.30am start

Cost: $15 Museum members and concession / $20 General               

Bookings essential: Click here to book online.

Thursday 5 February

Identification & Desire : Jewish Lesbian & Queer Writers and the JLGBTIQ writers who inspire them

Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s portrait in the Jewish Museum’s Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses exhibition, join us for an evening of word portraits delivered by guest speakers Joan Nestle and Hinde Ena Burstin. They will share with the audience which LGBTI Jewish writers and performers were sources of inspiration and how their writing and identity has been shaped by them. The event will be chaired by Jewish Museum of Australia Director, Rebecca Forgasz.

In addition, Actor/Producer Glenn Ferguson, who is bringing Loving Repeating – a Gertrude Stein musical to Melbourne, will speak about his infatuation with Gertrude and her influence on his life and work as a gay Actor/Producer.

Partners: Midsumma Festival

Date: Thursday 5 February
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Jewish Museum of Australia
Cost: 12 Museum member / $15 general
Bookings essential: Click here to make your reservation.

Sunday 22 February 10.30am

The Leon Haskin Schmatte Business Walk

As part of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s cultural program and to complement the Jewish Museum of Australia’s permanent exhibition Calling Australia Home, take part in the Leon Haskin Schmatte Business Walk on Sunday 22 February. Relive the halcyon days of last century when Flinders Lane was the epicentre of the Australian fashion industry. Walk with Marie Hirsh, long time Museum’s guide, as she brings to life the buildings, businesses, characters and anecdotes of the ‘Lane’ and the schmatte business. Chris Smith, Heritage Architect, will accompany Marie, uncovering the fascinating history and architectural significance of some of the buildings that housed this thriving industry.

For your comfort, we suggest you bring an umbrella, sunscreen, water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Meeting Point: Meet at the corner of Flinders Lane and Spring Street, Melbourne
Time: 10.15am for a 10.30am start
Price: $20 full, $15 Museum members and concession

Bookings Essential: Click here to book online

Wednesday 11 and/or Thursday 12 March

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival : Warhol Inspired Dining Event at the Museum

Grab your own fifteen minutes of fame as part of an Andy Warhol inspired dining experience, catered by food & desire, followed by an exclusive viewing of ‘Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses’ and ‘Warhol Now’.

In the 1970s Andy Warhol had an entrepreneurial vision to open a chain of restaurants, which he referred to as ‘Andy-Mats’ – a tribute to the automatic vending machine. In celebration of the Jewish Museum’s blockbuster exhibition, Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses, and contemporary art response, Warhol Now, the Jewish Museum of Australia is hosting an Andy Warhol inspired dining experience and guided tour. Don’t miss out on this unique Warhol-centric event!

Partners: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Location: Jewish Museum of Australia
Date: Wednesday 11 March and/or Thursday 12 March, 2015
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: $75 per person
Bookings essential: Click here for all bookings

Sunday 1 March

The Genius of George Gershwin - in Concert

George Gershwin is acclaimed as one of the most significant and influential composers of the 20th century. In support of Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses, the Museum is proud to present a concert featuring works from Gershwin’s folk opera (Porgy and Bess), classical repertoire and popular songs of stage & screen – many of which have become jazz standards.

This concert will be performed by some of Australia’s most respected musicians including Dr Allan Zavod, Fem Belling, Josh Piterman, Joe Ruberto and Julie O’Hara, Katrina Noela (Opera Australia), Tamara Vasilevitsky and Galit Klass.

Date: Sunday 1 March 2015
Time: 4pm-5pm – complementary exhibition viewing of Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses at the Jewish Museum of Australia
5pm – Concert starts at Adele Southwick Hall (St Kilda Shule)
Cost: Museum members – $40/General – $45/Group of 8 or more people – $35
Bookings essential: Bookings information to come, stay tuned.

Saturdays in May

Andy Warhol 15 Minutes of Fame play reading & performance

Andy Warhol 15 Minutes of Fame play reading & performance is coming to the Jewish Museum on Saturdays in May. Noel Anderson’s provocative play charts the 60′s pop’s icon’s struggle for success and his attempt assassination by radical feminist, Valerie Solanas. The play was originally staged at LaMamma for the Midsumma Festival 2013.

11 - 29 June 2015

A Study Tour of Jewish Poland & Lithuania

The Jewish Museum of Australia is pleased to announce it will host an exciting study tour from 11th-29th June 2015, focusing on the history of the Jews of Poland and Lithuania.

The tour will be led by Paul Forgasz, who lectures in Jewish history at Monash University’s Centre for Jewish Civilisation. Paul is well known as a regular contributor to the Jewish Museum’s adult education program and has also led previous Museum tours focusing on the Jews of medieval Spain and Germany.

As with any tour, you will visit various towns, cities, and sites of both Jewish and general historical interest.  Local guides will be on hand to explain the features of these sites. However, under Paul’s expert guidance, you will actively engage and interact with these places through the reading and analysis of texts, group discussions and simulations. In other words, you will step back into history, as you explore the amazing story of the Jews of Poland and Lithuania. You will re-live significant historical moments and experience the gamut of the Jewish historical experience in this heartland of Jewish history and culture.

For information about the tour and to register please click here.

Date: June 11 – 29, 2015