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Jewish Historical Museum

Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011 PL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 531 0310
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Ranked #36 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Jewish Historical Museum is a modern museum of Jewish heritage housed in four monumental synagogues near Waterlooplein in the heart of Amsterdam.... more » Owner description: The Jewish Historical Museum is a modern museum of Jewish heritage housed in four monumental synagogues near Waterlooplein in the heart of Amsterdam. Three permanent exhibitions present the history and culture of the Jewish people in the Netherlands. In addition to the three permanent exhibitions, the museum always offers two great temporary exhibitions and the fun JHM Children's museum. « less
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London, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The museum has exhibits that educate one about Judaism as well as the experience of Jews in Amsterdam at various times in history. the art shows what life was like. The special exhibit that was on of photographs by Vishniac were quite moving and worth seeing.

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Sun City West, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had a much better experience and learned a lot more by visiting Jewish museums in Budapest, Prague, and Rome. Confusing layout here. Nice to see the old Portuguese synagogue, though - that was worthwhile.

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I was really looking forward to seeing this museum, given the history of Amsterdam and Anne Frank, but was very disappointed. It seemed to consist only of 3 rooms, each full of descriptions of food, cooking utensils and recipes for kosher food. None of the history and personal stories I was hoping for

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The Netherlands
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46 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This was my third visit - this time I came for the Roman Vishniac photos. Amazing and well displayed. Cannot wait till my children are a little older as this is also a wonderful museum for children.

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Brecon, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

An amazing museum that illustrated the trials and tribulations that the Jewish people in Holland endured

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Perfect for families and children, the museum offers fun activities and an engaging experience. Recommended also for individuals and groups.

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Sunbury, Australia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Easy to get to, shows history of Jewish history in the Netherlands. Has great audio device which actually works and gives extended, easy to understand information on displays if required. Has sections on Holocaust but much more involving Judaism and the Jewish arrival in The Netherlands. Has a terrific gift shop with many interesting books

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

its good not much in there, I wouldn't pay for it but it was good for part of the Amsterdam card, storage for suitcases aswell which was good

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Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas
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97 reviews 97 reviews
23 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This presentation certainly didn't dwell on the Holocaust the way many presentations tend to. It was not an apologetic approach to a religion that has suffered so extensively in Holland as Judaism has. It did relate the longer term involvement of Jews in the Netherlands beginning in the1600's and speaks of many of those who were of import during the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A quiet museum showing how and when the Jewish people arrived in Holland. It also shows some of the horror of WW2.

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