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Jewish Historical Museum

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Address: Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011 PL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 531 0310
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Description: The Jewish Historical Museum is a modern museum of Jewish heritage housed...
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.
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Excellent cultural heritage centre for Jewish travellers in search of their heritage

Best gift shop in Amsterdam for Jewish humour books, key rings/fridge magnets including the Matzoh logo. Research centre /library in the basement. Videos and photographs in a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Antalya, Turkey
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Antalya, Turkey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Best gift shop in Amsterdam for Jewish humour books, key rings/fridge magnets including the Matzoh logo. Research centre /library in the basement. Videos and photographs in a converted synagogue. The serious tourist/researcher will need minimum time of 3 hours. Excellent cafe in the basement with good coffee and fabulous crunchy Dutch butter biscuits! Light lunches. There are lots of school... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Housed in two old synagogues, the larger is full of interactive information about Jewish culture and religious practices. Upstairs the exhibition continues by explaining the history of Jews in Amsterdam, copiously illustrated with artefacts that range from the personal to the official. The final section is in the smaller of the two buildings (although you are led seamlessly from one... More 

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ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Maybe my own ignorance, but I was expecting more history, more detailed history...only really touches on bits of this and that. I have been to museums in America that have less of a historical link, yet give more detailed information. Sadly I do not think it was worth th €15 ticket price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A very fine portrayal of the Jews in Amsterdam since 1600. An enexpected bonus was the Sephardic Synagogue, very simple but powerful and touching.

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edinburgh
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The Jewish Historical Museum is a break away from the history of WW2 and is in a synagoge. The museum if packed full of information and history to teach Non Jews what Judism is. From its different sects to to faiths celebrations and the history of jewish people in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. A throughly wonderful and informative musuem which... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I particularly enjoyed the part of the museum that explained Jewish customs, I found out a lot that I did not know before. The exhibition about Jews in Amsterdam was also interesting and informative. I was disappointed we couldn't get into the Portuguese Synagogue as it was Sunday, as I had expected that it would be closed on Saturday and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is a professional museum which is packed with information...however it was not what we expected. It is there to educate people about Jewish culture from very early on until the present day, not necessarily about certain tragedies. If you want to learn more about Jewish CULTURE then this is definitely the place you will want to go. Children however... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The staff here were very helpful and welcoming. I enjoyed the free audio tour of the synagogue and there was so much to learn and find out. I was able to take the time to explore the artefacts and to watch the informative videos on a range of different subjects related to Judaism. There were so many things to learn... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The world would be a much a better place if Hitler never existed. There is a lot of beautiful artwork and artifacts throughout museum. They also have videos and a gift shop with appt of items old and new. Travel down the street to the Portugese Synogogue.

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Jerusalem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This museum comprises i.a. two completely renovated synagogues. The Great Synagogue houses the permanent exposition about the Jews between 1600 and 1900 and the New Synagogue covers the period from 1900 until today. There also is a children museum, worth a visit. The museum also houses temporary exhibitions. Their website, http://www.jhm.nl/collectie/zoeken, shows all the details you need.

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