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Saint John Jewish Historical Museum


Basic Information

Location 45.2737°N 66.0536°W
Phone number +1 506-633-1833
Country Canada
City Saint John, New Brunswick
Address 91 Leinster St, St John

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 45.27371,-66.05351


The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, preserves and displays the history of the Jewish community in the city of Saint John. The Museum was opened by founder Marcia Koven in 1986.


The museum has several permanent exhibits, as well as new exhibits each year, and occasional travelling exhibits. Outreach programs include hosting tours from local schools, distribution of educational kits and hosting tours from cruise ships visiting the city.

The museum also has a library and archive of Jewish history, viewed by appointment.

History and time period

The Museum is based on a community history model. It is supported through artifact donations and other participation by members of the local Jewish community. The Jewish community in Saint John has roots going back to the mid-1800s. Solomon Hart, a businessman from England, became the founder of the existing Jewish community in the city when he immigrated to Saint John in 1858. The first synagogue in the city was established by Solomon and Sarah Hart in 1889. Immigration from northern and eastern Europe increased the community to about 1400 members in the 1920's. Immigration to Saint John waned after this, and as out-migration to larger cities increased, the city's Jewish population declined to about 300 members in the 1960's. Today there are roughly two dozen Jewish families in the congregation.


Museum hours: Monday-Friday - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday (only in July & August) - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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