Jewish Museum

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Jewish settlement on Barbados dates back to the early 17th century. Visitors interested in how the Jewish community played a role in the history of the island can learn all about Jewish-islanders at the Jewish Museum, more officially known as the Nidhe Israel Museum.

What to Expect

The Jewish Museum features both interactive displays and artifacts including a timeline of Jewish settlement on the island.

Built in 1750, the building that houses the Jewish Museum has just as much historic significance as the collection it houses. The museum is set on the grounds on an active synagogue, and looks out over the burial ground and full immersion Mikvah -- the only one known to exist in the Western hemisphere.

Staying Close

Downtown Bridgetown is a good option for those wishing to visit Jewish Museum, because travelers to this part of Barbados will be pleased to have easy museum access during their time there. If you'd like to book your stay near Jewish Museum, there are a reasonable number of places to stay in the area.

Hotels near Jewish Museum
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Melbourne Hotel and Apartments Hotel 0.9 mi. (2.0 km) E
Bajan Beach Cottages Cottages 1.1 mi. (2.0 km) SSE
Radisson Aquatica Resort Resort 1.2 mi. (2.2 km) SSE
Grand Barbados Beach Resort Resort 1.2 mi. (2.2 km) SSE
Island Inn Hotel Hotel 1.3 mi. (2.3 km) SSE
Hilton Hotel Barbados Hotel 1.4 mi. (2.4 km) S
Sweetfield Manor Historic Inn B & B 1.5 mi. (2.9 km) SE

Location and What's Nearby

Energetic vacationers may also be enchanted by the region because of the ample availability of outdoor options. Museum patrons who would also like to work on their golf game can do so at the nearest course, Rockley Golf Course. If golfing isn't your thing, consider going over to Carlisle Bay, one of the closest beaches to this landmark. Though the outdoor options above are the most convenient to access, you will still find an exciting selection of equally enjoyable outdoor activities. Museum visitors will discover multiple indoor attractions within a reasonable distance. There are two other places nearby you may want to visit -Montefiore Fountain and Barbados National Heroes Gallery- each of them found rather close to the museum.


Operating Hours

The hours of operation for the museum are not readily available, meaning your smartest option is calling ahead of time to ensure the institution is up and running during the time you and your companions want to make an appearance.


Arrive at Jewish Museum with plans to pay the price of admission, which your party can learn by phoning in advance.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (246) 436-6869

Location: Synagogue Lane, downtown Bridgetown, Barbados


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