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


Wednesday 29 October

Business Breakfast: The Ethics of Everyday Life with Prof. Paul Komesaroff

A doctor, medical researcher, teacher, ethicist, writer, humanitarian and intellectual, Professor Paul Komesaroff’s greatest skill is his ability to bring people together to work collaboratively towards a better and more just society. A profound thinker, Paul’s work ranges from promoting ethical standards in professional life to fostering reconciliation in Australia and overseas. His work is interdisciplinary: spanning clinical medicine, bio-medical research, social research, philosophy and ethical theory, clinical ethics and policy development. Paul’s international reputation in health care ethics and his major impact on the field of clinical ethics in Australia recently saw him become a State Finalist for the 2014 Australian of the Year. He was named as a Member (AM) in the General Divisionof the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014.

Date: Wednesday 29 October
Time: 7.15am to conclude at 9.00am.
Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia.
Booking: Click here to book. 



Every last Sunday of the month at 11am

Kids & Family Warhol Guided Tour

Guided tours will run every last Sunday of the month at 11am.

Suitable for all ages.
Cost: free with admission.
Date: Every last Sunday of the month throughout the Andy Warhol exhibition period.
Time: 11am
Location: The Jewish Museum of Australia

Sunday 16 November

JIFF & Jewish Geniuses Post Film Pop Quiz

To celebrate JIFF, the brilliant careers of Israeli film making duo The Go Go Boys and the opening of The Jewish Museum of Australia’s Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses exhibition, join us for a post film pop quiz!

How much do you know about the Jewish Genius? Or the eclectic and abundant variety of Cannon Films? Stick around after the quiz for a bonus retro screening of the Cannon Films Classic Breakin!

Partners: Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF)
Quizmaster extraordinaire: Adrian Elton

Date: Sunday 16 November 
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Classic Cinemas
Cost: Free with entry to the Go Go Boys movie
Bookings essential: Click here to be directed to the JIFF booking system

Sunday 23 November

In Conversation : Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses

Following the launch of the Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Max Delany will chair an Andy Warhol-centric conversation between Jewish Museum Vienna Director, Danielle Spera, and Jewish Museum of Australia Director, Rebecca Forgasz. The two Directors will talk about the Jewish Geniuses series; a body of work that represents a dynamic mix of 20th century thinkers, scientists and artists, including Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Sarah Bernhardt.

Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses is an exhibition of the Jewish Museum Vienna in cooperation with the Jewish Museum of Australia showing at the Jewish Museum of Australia from 20 November 2014 – 24 May 2015.

Partners: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

Date: Sunday 23 November
Time: 4pm
Cost: NGV and Jewish Museum’s members $10 /General $15
Location: National Gallery of Victoria, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Bookings essential: Ph +61 3 8662 1555 – 10am-5pm daily – Booking code P14109

Sunday 7 December

Chinese Perception of Jews: Why the Chinese are interested in Jews and their culture?

XU XIN, professor of the Department of Philosophy and Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Glazer Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University, People’s Republic of China, is also President of the China Judaic Studies Association and Vice President of the China Middle East Association. XU XIN teaches courses on Jewish religion, history, culture and world civilization, Holocaust studies, American Jewish literature and the history of Jewish Diaspora. He also chairs both MA and Ph.D programs of Jewish studies at Nanjing University. His activities have been widely reported in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Jerusalem Post, Harvard University Gazette, The Jerusalem Report, The Jewish Week and the Forward and has given lectures in institutions including Yale, Harvard, Yeshivah University, Stanford, UCLA, Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2002, the Bar-Ilan University’s Board of Trustees and Senate in Israel decided to award him the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Honoris Causa in recognition of the extremely important work that he has done on research of the Jewish people in China.

Date: Sunday 7 December
Location: The Jewish Museum of Australia
Bookings: Click here for all bookings


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, Hinde Ena Burstin and others, as part of the 2015 Midsumma Festival. Guest speakers 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.

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.

Wednesday 11 and/or Thursday 12 March

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

The Jewish Museum of Australia is proud to announce that it has been accepted into the 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Umbrella Program. Tickets to a very special Andy Warhol inspired dining event will go on sale on Friday 21 November. Stay tuned for more information.

Partners: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

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