Stichting Hollandsche Schouwburg, Amsterdam

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History Museum
A landmark building that began as a distinguished theater and ended up a deportation center for local Jews, Stichting Hollandsche Schouwburg now houses a museum dedicated to one of the city's darkest episodes. Opened in the 1890s, the theater once served as the hub of Amsterdam's cultural life, premiering many major plays by popular dramatist Herman Heijermans. In 1941, the Nazi occupiers turned the building into an exclusively Jewish theater, and then quickly converted it into a holding center for Jewish prisoners awaiting deportation. Archival footage and photographs provide a glimpse into the final days of thousands who passed through the former theater on their way to extermination camps. Work out when and for how long to visit Stichting Hollandsche Schouwburg and other Amsterdam attractions using our handy Amsterdam vacation builder.
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  • Staff here were exceptionally nice and went out of their way to explain the role the building played during the holocaust. Once a theatre, this building was used as a deportation centre where Jews wer...  more »
  • We went in briefly here on the way from the Verzetsmuseum, the Jewish Historical Museum. We were only in the entrance area and have let by one, a few old pictures show us German-speaking staff. Very impressive if you know what's happened there earlier. Since we had seen many museums but on the day we no longer went into the exhibition.
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  • Very moving place and great to visit if you have an interest in WW2/Jewish history. Haunting but touching to see all the surnames on the wall. As well as the exhibition upstairs. Part of the €15 ticke...  more »