Permanent Exhibitions

The architecture of the Museum invites visitors to have a multi-sensory engagement with the Museum and exhibitions.

Within three exhibition areas, visitors confront historical artefacts, video footage and personal stories.

The permanent exhibitions include:

  • Culture and Continuity: Journey through Judaism
  • Serving Australia: The Jewish Involvement in Australian Military History
  • The Holocaust 
  • The Holocaust and Human Rights

Culture and Continuity: Journey through Judaism

Explores Jewish history from Biblical origin in the Ancient Near East to the thriving Jewish community in Australia.

Serving Australia: The Jewish Involvement in Australian Military History

Portrays the stories of Jewish servicemen and women in the Australian defence forces from its inception to the present. Reflecting the dedication, valour and patriotism of the greater Australian community, features the social-military history of Jewish men and women in time of war.

The Holocaust

Located over three levels, this exhibition traces the persecution and murder of European Jewry from 1933 to 1945 and explores the contemporary and ongoing resonance of these unprecedented events. The exhibition also recounts the new lives forged by survivors following their arrival in Australia and their contribution to the rich, multicultural fabric of contemporary Australian life.

The Holocaust and Human Rights

A capstone to the Holocaust exhibition, The Holocaust and Human Rights Exhibition outlines human rights achievements and challenges, and focuses on the key human rights issues facing Australia today. The exhibition uses interactive media and new digital technologies to explore local issues pertaining to the rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers; People with Disabilities; First Australians; and the LGBTIQ Community.

The place promotes deep, reflective thought, even on topics that might prove irresolvable.