Religion - Nidhe Israel Museum (Jewish Museum)
In the heart of Bridgetown, next to the Nidhe Israel Synagogue, sits the Nidhe Israel Museum. This museum is dedicated to Jewish history in Barbados, dating back to 1628, on the arrival of the first Jews. It highlights their role in Barbadian society and its heritage. Here at the museum, you can find a timeline of Jewish settlement and their artefacts. The interactive displays allow you to get even deeper involved in this aspect of Barbadian history.
Originally constructed in 1750, the building holds lots of history and here on the grounds, you will even find a Mikvah, which dates back to the 17th century. In case you are unfamiliar, a Mikvah is a bath used for ritual immersions, and this one is believed to be the only one in the western hemisphere.
The Nidhe Israel Museum is one of the World UNESCO Heritage Site locations within Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison and is opened 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.
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