Jewish Museum – Ghetto

The Jewish Museum of Venice is situated between the two most ancient Venetian synagogues. Opening 29th, 30th April, and 2nd May

The word “Ghetto” is of Venetian origin, it means an iron foundry, a place where iron was “gettato” cast. Until 1390, the casting was done on a small Island, in the Cannaregio area. In 1516 the Doge’s decided to confine the city’s Jewish population to this Island.

Venice’s Jewish population once lived here, segregated from their non-Jewish neighbors.

Today the small neighborhood has centuries of history.

The Jewish Museum

The precious objects are shown to the public, important examples of goldsmith and textile manufacture made between the 16th and the 19th centuries are a lively witnessing of the Jewish tradition. It offers a wide selection of ancient books and manuscripts and some objects used in the most important moments of the cycle of civil and religious life.

The Jewish Museum is built in two areas, the first one devoted to the cycle of Jewish festivities and to objects used for liturgy, the latter- planned with a greater educational approach- deals with the history of Venetian Jews through images and objects.

  • Opening hours

    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays: 10 am – 5:30 pm (last tour at 4:30 pm)

    Fridays: the Museum close earlier (last guaranteed guided tour at 2:30 pm)

  • Cost

    € 10.00 Full price

    € 8.00 Reduced price

    € 1.00 Service fee

    The ticket includes the new temporary museum and the guided tour in Italian or in English to the Spanish Synagogue and the Midrash Cohanim.

    It is possible to book private guided tours to 3 or 4 synagogues.

    To book:
    tel 041715359
    Monday to Friday, from 9 to 13

    Private visits can be scheduled every day of the week except Saturdays in Italian, English, French, Hebrew, and Spanish.