Welcome to the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, the centre of Jewish heritage, culture, and history in the heart of Uptown Saint John, New Brunswick. We tell the story of the Jewish community of Saint John from its beginning in 1783 to the present day.
Follow the waves of immigration to Saint John and explore Jewish traditions and customs. A series of changing exhibits recall the richness of family, business and organizational life that flourished from the 1920s to the 1960s.
Museum tours led by members of the Jewish community give visitors a unique first-person view of local history and cultural experience.
Connect to your roots - meet your neighbours - share your stories.
The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum is located in Uptown Saint John, just two blocks from Kings Square.
Hours of Operation
Winter Season - 2023 to 2024
Monday, November 6, 2023 to
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
The Museum is open only by appointment - please call or email to make arrangements.
The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum is located on the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Wəlastəkewiyik / Maliseet people whose ancestors along with the Mi’Kmaq / Mi’kmaw and Passamaquoddy / Peskotomuhkati Tribes / Nations signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the British Crown in the 1700s that protected their rights to lands and resources.
(adapted from a land acknowledgement written by the Hon. Graydon Nicholas, former Lieutenant Governor of the Province of New Brunswick)
The current exhibition for 2023 to 2024 is "Coming of Age: Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Celebrations" - if you have stories and memorabilia that you would like to share as part of this exhibit, please contact the Museum.
Preparing for the Sabbath
From the Cradle to the Grave
Starting a New Life: Holocaust Survivors in New Brunswick
Visitors can also enjoy the Shaarei Zedek Synagogue.
Tours may be available by appointment - please call or email to make arrangements at least two days ahead of time.
Please consider making a donation to help the Museum through the winter - donations can be accepted by e-transfer - firstname.lastname@example.org - or through Canada Helps -