Our museum is a historical
museum belonging to the town hall of Moisés Ville. It is
worth visiting it as it will let you know about the agricultural
Jewish colonization in Argentina before Baron Hirsch’s action
and about the development of the colony and town to the present
The first Jewish immigrants came from Kamentez, Podolsk (today Ukraine)
in 1889 and settled in Moisés Ville, thus turning the town
into the cradle of Jewish Colonization and the so called “Jerusalem
This museum shows the settlement and organization of the town and
colony, Baron Hirsch’s biggest settlement, the development
of institutions and the changes in local society until nowadays.
There are five permanent exhibition halls and two temporary ones
which illustrate Jews’ rituals and religious belongings, and
the history of the town as well, described by means of documents,
photographs and objects.
Careful research has been carried out and our museum is therefore
appreciated not only by people from our country but also by those
who come from countries all over the world and are interested in
knowing about our history.
The museum exhibits a valuable collection of documents and owns
a specific library, permanently consulted by students, teachers,
journalists, researchers, photographers and tourists, looking for
relatives and ancestors.
Moisés Ville was recognized as a National Historical Place
in 1999 because of its unusual settlement in the town and colony,
as it is said, resembling the “shtetls” in the East
of Europe. Furthermore, the town has the first Jewish Cemetery in
Argentina and sheltered the first Rabbi in Argentina, Aaron Halevi
Goldman, after whom the museum is named. What's more, our town had
the first Agricultural Cooperative in the province of Santa Fe.
Moisés Ville is nowadays a cradle of cultural integration
since you may find different cultures living, sharing and being
part of the town’s identity. We celebrate this fact every
year between April and May at the “Festival of Cultural Integration”.
There is also an important project shared by the museum and the
local schools which aims at preserving the intangible heritage and
memory giving identity to our town. Every year there is a public
display illustrating their work, and a book called “Memoria
oral de Moisés Ville: al rescate de la identidad” (Oral
memory of Moisés Ville: to the rescue of the identity), was
published and presented during the opening of the new auditorium
(one of the areas in the museum) on July 5th 2008. This book is
going to be introduced in A.M.I.A. (Argentinean Jewish Community
Association) on May 16th 2009, at 8:00 p.m., as a part of the celebration
of the 120th anniversary of Jewish immigration in Argentina. The
‘SHEM’ program, which offers young Jewish students the
possibility of celebrating and experiencing a Sabbath in Moisés
Ville, is also going to be described in the same social event.
If you are interested in finding out more information (in Spanish)
about the history and development of the town and its institutions
as well as about the project and programme mentioned above, please
visit our website www.museomoisesville.com.ar, write to our e-mail
or contact us at 0054-3409-420665.