Saint John Jewish Historical Museum

The Saint John Jewish Museum opened its doors for the first time in July 1986. The museum has in many respects become the public face of the Jewish community in Saint John.  Its primary role is to collect, preserve and display the history of the Jewish community of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Visitors are welcomed from around the world.  In addition to exhibits, the museum also has a research library and archives.

The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum has received awards from the American Association for State and Local History, (1987), The Church and Synagogue Library Association, (1996), and the Province of New Brunswick, (2000).



The Museum is at 91 Leinster Street, in central Saint John, just two blocks east of King’s Square, and not far from the Imperial Theatre, the Old Court House and the Loyalist Burial Ground.  Shaarei Zedek Synagogue is in the same building.  There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

You can reach the Museum by telephone at (506) 633-1833 (Other contact information below.)




The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum is pleased to announce that it is now open in its new location at 91 Leinster Street (corner of Wentworth) in Uptown Saint John. Regular hours of operation are from Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and also on Sunday during July and August from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. These hours will remain in effect until November 2. Group tours are also welcomed by appointment throughout the year.

The Museum features new exhibits for 2009:

  • “Packing for the Voyage” - telling the story of the new arrivals to Saint John from 1858 to 1920.

  • The Jewish Way of Life  - a celebration of Jewish holidays and customs from the cradle to the grave using artefacts and community stories.

  • “Celebrating 150 Years of Jewish History in Saint John - the overall story of the Jewish experience in Saint John through story, photographs and artifacts.

  • “Under the Chuppah – Jewish Weddings in Saint John – a display of vintage wedding gowns (1920s to 1950s) and photographs (1880s to present).

An archives and library which attract historians and genealogists from around the world is open to researchers by appointment throughout the year.

The museum will be closed on all Saturdays in observance of the Jewish Sabbath
and for Jewish Holy Days.

Although the museum welcomes visitors from throughout the world who arrive in the city by car, bus and cruise ship, local residents are also encouraged to visit and learn more about their Jewish neighbours.