Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam

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Housed in Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter, Jewish Historical Museum documents the hardships and journeys of the nation's religious and cultural minority through artifacts, art, and music. Visit the museum, located in a series of former synagogues, and explore its rotating collection of more than 11,000 objects. Look for the themed exhibitions focusing on the customs and traditions of Judaism, as well as their place in Dutch history. Join one of the museum's guided tours, each with a different focus, to gain a more in-depth understanding of specific topics in Dutch-Jewish history. Temporary displays and galleries make up a great deal of the museum's offerings, so be sure to check the website to see which displays are open during your visit. Take a look at our Amsterdam itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Jewish Historical Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 16, 2017
    My Jewish good friend and I visited the museum.. It touched in our hearts . It was an outstanding Old Synagogue .. It gave me goose bump to think about flashback in World War II.. How can impossible t...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    This museum goes hand in hand with the Portgogue synagogue - visit both. Housed in a space that was formally 4 separate synagogues, one can see examples of torah arks, women galleries, etc. The roll o...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Rather than standing in line in front of the Anne Frank House, we preferred to immerse ourselves in a Jewish reality still alive, trying to keep alive the memory by retrieving spaces, objects, customs and traditions. With one ticket you can visit four sites: the Portuguese synagogues where, pointing the audioguide on architectural elements and furnishings, you listen to the information about the rites and tales from the live voice of guards in their family history the memory of the deportations. Then there's the historical museum dedicated to Jewish history, with family, artistic testimonies (to underline the work of Jozef Israëls) and costume. Very touching is the Museum of childhood, with the collection of photographs and objects, like the tiny violin, belonged to the children deported and never returned; the cases are kept in an old school, where a group of children managed to escape for good people. And finally the Hollandsche Schouwburg, the theatre "reserved" to the Jews, the only grants them, which remains only the pretty white facade. Instead of the Hall and stage, silent and empty space, and a Memorial. Because it never happens again.
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  • April 12, 2017
    Enjoyed the first floor the most! Well worth 1.5 hours or so
  • July 31, 2016
    You have to dedicate a whole day to absorb all the info! Great exhibitions, easy explanations, perfect audio guide. It is detailed and well researched. We need more of these in Europe, so we never forget how we treated Jews and how should they be treated. Congratulations! :-)
  • October 13, 2016
    Well built the Dutch Jewish history museum. The ticket includes entrance to four more other related sites, like the Portuguese synagogue across the street. Highly recommended.
  • May 26, 2017
    An entire floor was closed, have to go through airlock to get in and out and rude staff demanding people remove their bags, despite a queue of people waiting at the information point the staff stood chatting.
  • May 9, 2017
    Perfect Museum, nice color and pretty stuff inside.

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