What’s On

Sunday 6 September 10am for 10.15am start

Museum Walks – Mansions of East Melbourne

In conjunction with the temporary exhibition True Jews and Patriots: Australian Jews and World War One and to complement the permanent exhibition Calling Australia Home, take part in the Mansions of East Melbourne Walk on Sunday 6 September.

Stroll through graceful Victorian thoroughfares to revisit the grandeur of early Melbourne. See the former home of Sir John Monash, academic, engineer, war hero; the Freemasons Hospital; Bishopscourt, the former home of Sir Benjamin Benjamin, politician and Mayor of Melbourne; Chandos; the site of Cliveden Mansions (now the Hilton Hotel); ‘Little Pardon’; Queen Bess Row and more.

Time: Meet at 10am for a 10.15am start

Meeting point: Meet at the corner Clarendon Street & Wellington Parade (Hilton Hotel side)

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

Bookings essential: Click here to book online

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



Sunday 11 October 10.15am for 10.30am start

Museum Walks – North Carlton

To complement our permanent exhibition Calling Australia Home and as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival, take part in the North Carlton Walk on Sunday 11 October.

Home to many working class migrant families of Jewish traders and families, North Carlton was home to the Kadimah Cultural Centre, Peretz Yiddish School, Pose’s Pickles and the Tel Aviv Dairy.

Discover  how Carlton was the centre of early Jewish community life in Melbourne and how the past generations managed to establish a sense of belonging in a new land.

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

Date: Sunday 11 October
Time: 10.15am for a 10.30am start
Venue: Meet outside the entrance of Lee Street Primary School, Lee Street
Cost: $20 General, $15 Museum members, seniors and concession
Bookings essential: Click here to book online

Sunday 18 October

Art Behind the Wire – Curators Talk

As part of the Museum’s partnership with Duldig Studio museum + sculpture garden and to complement our exhibition From ‘Aliens’ to Australians – Remembering Dunera 75 Years On , we are excited to announce a fascinating curators talk titled Art Behind the Wire – the untold story of refugee families interned in Australia during the Second World War. 

Did you know that during WWII sixty Jewish families from Singapore were interned ‘behind barbed wire’ alongside the Dunera Boys at Tatura internment camp in country Victoria?

One of the group, Austrian sculptor Karl Duldig, continued to created art while interned with his wife and young daughter. Working with a variety of materials including scrap paper for drawings, eucalyptus wood, ‘potato’ sculptures, clay and plaster Karl responded to and transcended his difficult surroundings.

In this talk Melinda Mockridge, co-curator of the Duldig Studio’s current exhibition will speak about the Duldigs’ story, Karl’s later experiences in the 8th Employment Company of the Australian Army and how the exhibition gives us a unique insight into the experiences of these ‘enemy alien’ families during World War II.

Date: Sunday 18 October 2015
Time: 3pm
Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia
Cost: Free with Museum Admission. Free for Jewish Museum members and Duldig Studio members.
Bookings recommended: Click here to book online


Sunday 25 October

Jewish Chinatown Walk

As part of History Week 2015, take part in the Jewish Chinatown Walk and discover the hidden Jewish connections to sights in Chinatown such as Her Majesty’s Theatre, Florentino’s, the Eastern Market, the Chinese National Club, the Sun Kum Lee Building and Cohen Place.

Date: Sunday 25 October
Time: Meet at 10.15am for a 10.30am start
Venue: Meet outside Her Majesty’s Theatre – 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $20 General/$15 Museum members
Bookings essential: Click here to book online

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


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