Open House Melbourne

30 July 2017
Sunday 10am to 5pm
Jewish Museum of Australia

The Jewish Museum of Australia is an inclusive, interactive Museum which explores and celebrates being Jewish in an Australian context. With four permanent galleries and two changing exhibition spaces, the Museum brings to life the diversity of Jewish culture and Australian Jewish life. The museum was established in 1982. In 1992, after 13 years located in the synagogue of the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, South Yarra, the inaugural Building Committee purchased an unassuming 1970s office block at 26 Alma Road, St Kilda, with a view to converting it into a museum. Robert Grodski Architects, under the direction of Charles Justin from Synman, Justin, Bialek (SJB) designed the conversion. The result is a stylish, well laid out and equipped, contemporary museum. Filtered light and limited direct sun keeps the temperature stable, and low maintenance gardens keep water use to a minimum.

During Open House Melbourne 2017, the Jewish Museum will offer regular tours of the curatorial area, the permanent exhibition ‘Calling Australia Home’, the temporary exhibition ‘The Jews of Greece’ and the St Kilda Synagogue, as well as free access to all the exhibition spaces. Programs accompanying ‘The Jews of Greece’ exhibition will also be on offer throughout the day co-presented with the Greek  Centre for Contemporary Culture.



Behind the scenes of the curatorial area – 20 mins long, running every hour starting at 11am until 4pm

Tour of ‘The Jews of Greece’ exhibition at 10.30am

Tour of St Kilda Synagogue at 12.30pm and 3pm

Tour of ‘Calling Australia Home’ exhibition at 2pm


About Open House Melbourne

Open House Melbourne is a not for profit organisation that celebrates Melbourne architecture and design through the sharing of knowledge, historical insights, and innovative ideas for Melbourne’s future.

Open House Melbourne runs an exciting calendar of events throughout the year, featuring a series of talks, workshops and tours, culminating in the annual Open House Weekend. Open House aims to encourage civic pride and activism to ensure Melbourne remains a vibrant and liveable city for all.


Free entry