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Jewish Historical Museum

Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1001 PL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 (0)20 5 310 310
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Ranked #32 of 300 attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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  • English first
  • French first
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  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
16 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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Vancouver, Canada
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16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Although comparatively "small" for a museum, the collection is vast and one could easily spend an entire day getting caught up learning about the history of Jewish Amsterdam (dates back to at least the 1500s) as well as marvelling at the remarkable collection of Portuguese (Sephardi) influenced Judaica. The visit is much enhanced by the free audio device (available in... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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95 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Given the rich and interesting history of the Jews in Amsterdam, I allocated a couple of hours to visit to the Jewish Historical Museum expecting a comprehensive and detailed display. I was out of there inside an hour. It's not that the exhibits are not well presented - they are! There's just too few of them. One synagogue is dedicated... More

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Middletown, md
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We did not have a lot of time. Fortunately we were able to see most of the main exhibit. The museum is very small and there is a lot see. I really enjoyed the layout and the photographs on display.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Situated in the old jewish quarter and in the buildings that housed 4 synagogues, this museum is very well planned and easy to follow wether you are jewish or not. We learned a lot not only about the history of the jews, but also the history of Amsterdam relating to the jews. My visit to Amsterdam wouldn't be complete without... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Jewish museum in Amsterdam is a top-class museum. The exhibitions on the history of the Jews in Holland are extremely well organized and educational.The history itself is fascinating! Great audio tour. Definitely worth a visit!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This was an absolutely great museum. I went with my partners parents and we were i there about two hours and i probably could have stayed longer. The details were in-depth and informative, the snippets of interviews,etc were an excellent addition. It really involved you with the story. I like Museums that make you think and this certainly does that!!!!!

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14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The audio presentation left a lot to be desired. the Hebrew pronunciation left me very confused. Having said that, the artefacts are fascinating as is the history of Dutch Jewry

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Bildeston, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This was a very interesting & informative museum. Like most people I only really know about the dreadful persecution during WWII & not a lot more about the Jewish history. I found this superbly set out & as I mentioned before- very informative. The temporary exhibition of the photographer Roman Vishniac was great too. Ticket to the Portugese Synagogue is... More

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