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Jewish Historical Museum

Address: Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011 PL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 531 0310
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Jewish Historical Museum is a modern museum of Jewish heritage...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Jerusalem
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96 reviews 96 reviews
62 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

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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Washington
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14 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

went to see the museum but had lunch at their café first. I think this is the first time I saw gefilte fish on a menu. they also had only one person behind the counter taking orders, making the food, and serving. ordered the fish cake sandwich which is chopped up fish but the bun was 3 times as large... More 

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Anaheim, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I toured the museum with a limited time period of about an hour but was able to see most of the items. My backpack needed to be checked into a locker. The ticket also includes two other sights so I made sure to see those as well.

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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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231 helpful votes 231 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
178 helpful votes 178 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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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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308 reviews 308 reviews
22 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 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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