Stichting Hollandsche Schouwburg, Amsterdam

(3.6/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Amsterdam itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Amsterdam

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Amsterdam by other users

14 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Amsterdam BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL April, teens, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Amsterdam BY A USER FROM ESTONIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in Amsterdam BY A USER FROM ESTONIA April, relaxing, romantic, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, relaxing, romantic, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES July, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Europe & Africa BY A USER FROM BRAZIL June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 23 days in Western Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Amsterdam BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Interlaken, Prague & Amsterdam BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Amsterdam BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 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.
    View original
  • 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 »
  • I have a keen interest in all holocaust and ww2 history. I have a friend whom I met up with in amsterdam and he was very keen to take me here...... This is a piece of history and horrific reminder of ...  more »