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Jewish Historical Museum

Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011 PL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 531 0310
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Ranked #31 of 307 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.
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Tacoma, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Set in two old synagogues, this museum is full of exhibits on Jewish ritual and life. Beautlful things, particularly well-presented. You learn a lot here, whether you know anything about Judaism or not.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The museum is well laid out and full of information about the history of the Jewish people in Amsterdam. The Portuguese synagogue is a magnificent building.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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389 reviews 389 reviews
205 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The current photographic exhibitions are up to the normal high standard for this museum. The permanent display is always a pleasure to revisit as it contains so many beautiful pieces - and the way the history and culture is presented is just brilliant.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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248 reviews 248 reviews
77 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Housed in four former Synagogues this beautiful museum gives a good insight in the Jewish religion and culture in The Netherlands. There are also temporary exhibitions on different subjects of which I saw the excellent photography exhibition “Masterpieces from the Howard Greenberg Collection” The collection gives a perfect overview of the once prosperous Jewish community, particularly in Amsterdam. Many Jews... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The lay out was amazing with a mixture of personal items and ceremonial pieces. We learned a lot but in some of the cases, the light from e windows facing you when you were trying to read the descriptions of the articles within made reading impossible

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Jerusalem, Israel
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A nice museum, but in my opinion lacking a lot of information and exhibits. They really need to collect more information. The visit was included with the ticket to the Portuguese Synagogue.

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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309 reviews 309 reviews
22 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This museam is housed inside four old synagogues, which in itself makes it worth a visit. The permanent exhibition describes the life and culture of the Jewish community in the Netherlands. Really well worth a visit. It museum is also opposite the Spanish and Portugese Synagogue, which is still in active use, but be visited at certain times,

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London, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

There was so much more information than I expected. It was 12Euros which included the audio tour (worth it). The focus was on the Jewish community in Netherlands, focused on Amsterdam. The history started back in the 1600's. I learned a lot about the persecution/migration of the Jews and their culture. They used video clips throughout the museum to share... More

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

It is an incredibly well done museum documenting the very unique Jewish History of Amsterdam where 2 different Jewish cultures came together. There are great artifacts and wonderful stories that detail the life and evolution of Jewish culture in Amsterdam.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The museum is located in one of Amsterdam's old synagogues. The museum tells the story of the Jewish community that lived in Amsterdam for hundreds of years. Through the development of the community you can learn about the development of Amsterdam. The visit is free if you have the "Amsterdam card" .

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