1. What is the Jewish population in Greece today? What was it before the war?
In the early 20th century about 10,000 Jews lived in Greece. After the Balkan Wars (1912-13) and the liberation of Northern Greece, Epirus, Chios and Crete (1908), the number of Jews had reached some 100,000. Pre-war Jewish Communities existed in 28 cities throughout Greece (Didimotiho New Orestiada – Soufli, Alexandroupolis, Komotini, Xanthi, Kavala, Drama, Serres, Thessaloniki, Veria, Kastoria, Florina, Trikala, Larissa, Volos, Chalkis, Athens, Patras , Agrinio, Ioannina, Preveza, Arta, Corfu, Zakynthos, Chania, Rhodes and Kos), with a total population of 77,377. Currently about 5.500 people are organized into 8 Jewish Communities.
2. How many Jews live in Athens? How many in Thessaloniki? How many in the islands?
About 2,500 Jews, live in Athens, the largest Jewish community in Greece. In Thessaloniki there are about 1.300 Jews, while in the islands, there are no extant communities with the exception of the islands of Corfu and Rhodes. There is also community activity in Chania, especially during the summer months and the High Holidays.
3. What are the Jewish sites in Athens? Where are they located?
For the Jewish site in Athens, look here.
4. Who are the Romaniotes? When did they arrive to Greece? Where from?
Learn more about the Romaniotes here.
5. Are there synagogues in Athens? Where are they? How can I get there? What are the opening times?
For the synagogues look here.
6. Are there kosher restaurants / shops in Athens?
7. Are there synagogues in other Greek cities / in the islands?
Find here more information about synagogues in Greece.
8. Are bags and backpacks allowed in the Museum?
Bags and backpacks are allowed in the museum. These are kept in a small cloakroom in the entrance.
9. Are baby strollers permitted in the Museum?
Due to the size of our venue, only umbrella-type strollers can be accommodated within the Museum.
10. Is there a time when admission is reduced?
Yes. Admission is free on International Museums Day – May 18th.
11. Can I use a credit card to pay admission?
Yes. The Museum accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
12. Do I need reservations or tickets for special exhibitions at the Museum?
No. Special exhibitions at The Jewish Museum of Greece are free with general admission, with very few exceptions, and do not require a special ticket or advance reservation. For group visits prior contact is advisable.
13. Is there a place to park my car near the Museum?
Yes, there are two parking garages located within a few blocks of the Museum.
14. Is photography permitted in the Museum?
The use of photography (cameras) is permitted in the Museum but the use of flash is prohibited. The use of video equipment is also prohibited.
15. What services do you offer in foreign languages?
Foreign language tours are available only in English. Tours must be arranged in advance by calling +30 – 210 32 25 582or by e-mail at [email protected] .
16. Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?
The Jewish Museum is not fully accessible to visitors with special needs. Please contact us prior to your visit.
17. Where can I retrieve or submit a lost item?
Found items are turned over to the Security Control Room. Visitors who have lost items at The Jewish Museum of Greece should call at +30 – 210 32 25 582.
18. Does the Museum appraise or authenticate works of art or artifacts?
No. The Museum and its staff are unable to authenticate or perform appraisals of works of art or artifacts for the public. We suggest that you consult a reputable art dealer, appraiser, or auction house.
19. Would the Museum be interested in acquiring works of art or accept proposals for exhibitions?
The Jewish Museum’s curatorial staff is always interested in reviewing artefacts for acquisition or exhibition. However, due to the volume of submissions, we regret that we cannot do so in person, nor can we accept original art objects for consideration without prior arrangements. If you would like to submit an exhibition or acquisition proposal, please send us an e-mail at [email protected].