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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 298 attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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Vancouver, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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307 reviews 307 reviews
88 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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
19 reviews 19 reviews
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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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
36 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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107 reviews 107 reviews
50 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Set in an old Synagogue this was very well laid out. Gave a great insight into Jewish life for non Jewish visitors and also catered for Jewish visitors as well. Don't miss the Portuguese Synagogue over the road!

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Dallas, Texas
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90 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A good place to learn about the characters, characteristics, rhythm and cadence of the Dutch Jewish community. This large museum displays symbols and customs and practice during 400-500 years. Fascinating.

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