What’s On

Every second Sunday of the month

Meet the artist

To enrich your exhibition experience of One man in his time, come and meet artist Hedy Ritterman who will be in the gallery space every second Sunday of the month.

Date: Sunday 11 September, 9 October, 13 November, 11 December, 29 January and 12 February
Time: 10am to 2pm
: Jewish Museum of Australia
Cost: Free with Museum admission
Bookings: No bookings required.

Sunday 23 October 10am - 12pm

Multicultural Museums Cook Off 2016

In its second year, the highly anticipated Multicultural Museums Cook Off celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of Melbourne through a unique and exciting cooking extravaganza. Support our chef Guy Hamawi as he battles it out with the other chefs in front of a live audience. With a heritage deep rooted in the splendour of Jewish Sephardi Mediterranean cuisine, you’ll be inspired by the vibrant colours and rich flavours of Guy’s cooking.

This year, the Multicultural Museums Cook Off joins the Carlton Italian Festa program.

Participants Museums/Chefs/Judges:
Jewish Museum of Australia – Guy Hamawi /Justine Sless
Islamic Museum of Australia – Samira El Khafir / Adam Saad
Museo Italiano – Giulia Biviano / Magica Fossati
Hellenic Museum – Phil Vakos / George Donikian

Venue: Carlton Italian Festa: Piazza Italia, cnr. Lygon Street & Argyle Square, Carlton
Date/time: Sunday 23 October, 10am – 12pm
Cost: Free
Bookings: No bookings required

Fridays 28 October, 4, 11, 18, 25 November and 2 December

Baby steps @ JewMu

You gave us feedback, we listened! We’re excited to introduce the newly created program specifically for the Museum’s youngest audience members, babies aged 0 – 18 months and their carers. Come along with your family and friends on Friday mornings to explore Jewish culture and enjoy the fun! Free admission to the Museum is included in your Baby steps visit.

Dates: Fridays 28 October, 4, 11, 18, 25 November and 2 December
Time: 10am – 10.30am
Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia
Cost: FREE. No bookings required.
Free admission to the Museum is included in your Baby steps visit.
Recommended age: 0 – 18 months

Fridays 28 October (FREE!), 4, 11, 18, 25 November and 2 December (special Chanukah session)

Toddler steps @ the JewMu

After a successful term, Toddler Steps is back on Fridays at the Jewish Museum. Enjoy an innovative toddler program and a unique Shabbat celebration in the stimulating surrounds of the Jewish Museum! Every Friday toddlers and grown-ups will explore Jewish tradition and culture through songs, puppets, stories, games and the Shabbat ceremony. Each session will focus on a new theme, which relates to an object on display, bringing the Museum to life.

Join animated children’s educator Limor Cooper on this exciting program for toddler museumgoers exclusively at the Jewish Museum of Australia.

Dates: Fridays 28 October (FREE!), 4, 11, 18, 25 November and 2 December (special Chanukah session)
Time: 10.30 – 11.15am
Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia
Cost: $15 per session or $50 for 6 weeks
Bookings essential: Click here to book
Recommended age: 18 months – 3 years old

14 June – 3 July 2017

Study tours

Jewish Poland & Lithuania: the world of our ancestors

Jewish Poland & Lithuania: the world of our ancestors

Tour dates: 14 June – 3 July 2017

Following three highly successful tours of Jewish Poland and Lithuania, the Jewish Museum of Australia is pleased to present this tour again in 2017. 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 presenter to many Limmud Oz audiences, as well as a regular contributor to the Jewish Museum’s adult education program. He has led previous tours focusing on the Jews of medieval Spain and the Jews of Germany.

For tour details and registration information click here.

Places are strictly limited and will be filled in order of receipt of registrations

For further enquiries about the tour itinerary and program contact Paul Forgasz: paul.forgasz@monash.edu


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.

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



Daily guided tours

Exhibition & Synagogue

Daily guided tours by our trained volunteer guides are available.

Calling Australia Home – permanent exhibition

Date: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday
Time: 2pm (They run for approximately 40 minutes)
Cost: Free with Museum admission. No bookings required

The Jewish Museum offers tours to the historic and architecturally unique St Kilda Synagogue; the principal progressive synagogue in Melbourne. Tours of the synagogues provide a meaningful added dimension to the displays and exhibitions at the Museum. 

Date: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday
Time: 12:30pm (extra session at 3pm on Sunday) – please note that on Sunday 31 July the tour times will be 12pm and 3pm.
Cost: Free with Museum admission. No bookings required

Tours run for approximately 40 minutes & tour times are subject to change.