The Sydney Jewish Museum is dedicated to documenting and teaching the history of the Holocaust so that these events will never be repeated.
This world-class museum challenges visitors' perceptions of democracy, morality, social justice and human rights and places the Holocaust in its historical and contemporary context.
The Governor of NSW, Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair AC, officially opened the Sydney Jewish Museum on 18 November 1992. Since its opening it has quickly become an integral part of the cultural life of Sydney, winning the 1994 Award of Distinction in the NSW Tourism Awards for Excellence, and a Commendation in the 1995 Human Rights Awards.
Housed in the historic Maccabean Hall, the Sydney Jewish Museum presents visitors with an overview of the best and worst of humanity.
The Maccabean Hall, built to commemorate NSW Jewish men and women who served in WW1 and to honour the memory of those who lost their lives, was formally opened on Armistice Day in 1923 by the universally beloved Sir John Monash. Since then the "Macc" has been the centre of Jewish life in Sydney. Now, in its third transformation, it has housed the Sydney Jewish Museum since 1992.
The Museum's Chairman and Benefactor, John Saunders AO wrote:
"The story of this Museum begins more than 50 years ago, with the rise of Hitler, which led to one of the darkest periods in history: the Holocaust - a crime against humanity which must never be forgotten."
There are many reasons why this Museum is important: to teach racial tolerance; to ensure the evils of the past are not repeated; to serve as a witness to the Holocaust and to stand as a memorial to the six million martyred Jews and the millions of non-Jewish victims. It also tells the history of the Jews in Australia and illustrates the richness of Jewish life by showing its traditions.
- Permanent Exhibitions: Culture & Continuity and The Holocaust
- Temporary Exhibition area: The Gallery
- Library and Resource Centre
- Museum Shop
- War Memorial Forecourt
- 100-seat Theatrette
- Education / Classroom facilities
- Sanctum of Rememberance.
Visitors to the Sydney Jewish Museum are fascinated as much by the story itself, as by the way it is told, with its emphasis on excellence of design and technology. Within eight spectacular exhibition areas, visitors experience soundscapes and powerful audiovisual displays, confront life-size sculptures and dioramas, examine original documents and newspapers, and interact with sophisticated multimedia displays.